Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) for Windows Server 2008 R2 Update Now Avilable

This article describes the Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer for Windows Server 2008 R2 and provides you with a link to download the tool. "The BPA is a server management tool available in WS 2008 R2. BPA reports best practice violations to the administrator after BPA scans the roles installed on WS 2008 R2. Admins can […]

This article describes the Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer for Windows Server 2008 R2 and provides you with a link to download the tool. "The BPA is a server management tool available in WS 2008 R2. BPA reports best practice violations to the administrator after BPA scans the roles installed on WS 2008 R2. Admins can filter out unnecessary info or exclude results from BPA reports. Admins can also perform BPA tasks with either the Server Manager GUI, or Windows PowerShell cmdlets," KB977238.

Microsoft has released and update to the BPA, that fixes for issues between BPA and new features that were introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. This update also includes fixes for issues in BPA.

This update applies to WS R2 RTM-based computers and to Hyper-V Server 2008 R2-based computers, both with and without SP1.

This update fixes following issue when you run Hyper-V BPA against a computer that is running Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 or Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1: BPA incorrectly reports that the server core installation is recommended for servers that are running Hyper-V.

Here's a quick summary of the fixes:

  • "Hyper-V Server is no longer flagged as not being a Server Core installation
  • Some ECC RAM machines were reported as non-ECC as some non-ECC firmware RAM was being included in the check
  • We've not included the File Service role feature in the scan. The reason is that we've observed certain products (Data Protection Manager as an example) legitimately creating shares for adminstrative purposes. The BPA no longer flags the presence of a file share as another role being installed. However, please do NOT use your Hyper-V machine as a general purpose file server!
  • If you've SP1 and enable RemoteFX, we won't flag the machine as uncompliant due to another role being installed.
  • In the case of Windows 7 VMs only, we've increased the permitted consolidation ratio to 12:1 and updated the BPA accordingly to check for compliance," explains Microsoft.

As SP1 changes the minimum supported memory for Windows 7 VMs if DM is enabled, the BPA has been updated accordingly.

Download the BPA Update for Windows Server 2008 R2, here.

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