Exchange Best Practice Analyzer Monitoring

Applies To: Exchange Server, Operations Manager 2007 R2

The Exchange Best Practice Analyzer (ExBPA) is built into the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack. It runs daily on each Exchange server and will generate a summary alert per server if issues are found. Only one alert will be displayed for each server; the other alerts will not appear. To see full details about the errors found, look at the ExBPA Events view.

The summary alert contains a link on the Product Knowledge tab to a scoped event view that shows the details of the issues ExBPA found.

The rule that runs ExBPA is the Exchange 2007 Test System Health rule targeted at Exchange 2007 Best Practice. If you want to change the time that ExBPA runs, or the interval (in seconds) between runs, or the time-out value, override this rule. By default, the rule runs at 7:00 PM daily on every server. This topic provides instructions for changing the settings.

Do not set ExBPA to run more than once in a 24-hour interval without overriding the Sync Time parameter to be blank. If you fail to override Sync Time parameter to be blank, the ExBPA test will fail to run because of a conflict between the interval and the Sync Time.

To disable an ExBPA rule for a single server

  1. Go to the ExBPA Events view in the Monitoring section of the Operations console.

  2. Right-click the event that you want to disable.

  3. Click Overrides, click Override the Rule, and then click For the object: <name of the Exchange server>. The Override Properties dialog box opens.

  4. In the Override Properties dialog box, set the enabled value to False. Make sure to save the override in a custom management pack, not the default management pack.

To change the overall settings for ExBPA

  1. Click the Authoring button in the Operations console, and then click Rules.

  2. In the Rules pane, in the Look for box, type Exchange 2007 Test System Health, and then click Find now.

  3. Right-click the Exchange 2007 Test System Health rule in the list, click Overrides, click Override the rule, and then click For all objects of class: Exchange 2007 Best Practice. A list of override controlled parameters is displayed.

  4. Select the check box of the parameter you want to change, for example, Sync Time, and enter a new value, for example, 20:00 (8:00 PM).