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ISABPA: The ISA Server Best Practices Analyzer

The ISA Server team released the ISA Server 2004 Best Practices Analyzer! There’s an exclamation mark because it’s cool!


The ISA Server Best Practices Analyzer is a diagnostic tool that automatically performs specific tests on configuration data collected on the local ISA Server 2004 computer from the ISA Server hierarchy of administration COM objects, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) classes, the system registry, files on disk, and the Domain Name System (DNS) settings.

The resulting report details critical configuration issues, potential problems, and information about the local computer. By following the recommendations of the tool, administrators can achieve greater performance, scalability, reliability, and uptime.

If you have an ISA Server 2004 installation, you should give it a try, even if everything’s running fine at the moment. It’s worth the once-over to be on the safe side, and to identify any obvious gotchas. The Help explains the checks it performs, which also helps you configure a better box.

I played a bit with the beta versions, and I’m going to give this one a whirl when I next have a chance.