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Installing and Updating Best Practices Analyzer


Topic Last Modified: 2012-04-16

You must be logged on as a member of the Administrators group to perform the tasks that are described in this topic.

To run Lync Server 2010 Best Practices Analyzer to scan your environment, the computer must be running a 64-bit edition of one of the following operating systems:

  • The Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard operating system

  • The Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise operating system

  • The Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter operating system

  • The Windows Server 2008 Standard operating system with Service Pack 2 (SP2)

  • The Windows Server 2008 Enterprise operating system with SP2

  • The Windows Server 2008 Datacenter operating system with SP2

  • The Windows 7 operating system

The computer must also be running the following:

You can install Best Practices Analyzer on computers with a supported operating system that are not running Lync Server 2010, Core Components or WMI Backward Compatibility Package, but you can use Best Practices Analyzer on those computers only to view reports, not to run scans.

We recommend that you install Lync Server 2010, Best Practices Analyzer on a computer that is dedicated to Lync Server management. You can install the tool on a server running Lync Server 2010 or an administrative computer running Lync Server administrative tools. If you install the tool on a server that is running Lync Server, we recommend that you use the tool to scan only that server. For details about installing and using the Lync Server administrative tools, see Lync Server Administrative Tools in the Lync Server 2010 Operations documentation.

You can download Best Practices Analyzer from the Microsoft Download Center at no cost. For details about downloading and installing Best Practices Analyzer, see Microsoft Lync Server 2010, Best Practices Analyzer at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=211230.

To install Best Practices Analyzer, start the Microsoft Installer file RtcBPA.msi on the computer where you want to install the tool, and then follow the instructions on the screen. The default location for installing the program files is <system drive>\Program Files\Microsoft Lync Server 2010\BPA.

When you start Best Practices Analyzer, the tool provides you with an option to search for the latest updates to the tool. If an update is available, you can download the update. If you choose not to download updates, or if Best Practices Analyzer cannot access the Internet, you can continue to use the version that is already on the computer.

To update Best Practices Analyzer rules, you must run the tool as an Administrator on the local computer. If you are not logged on using an account that is a member of the Administrators group and updates are detected, close Best Practices Analyzer, click Start, point to Microsoft Lync Server 2010, right-click Best Practices Analyzer, and then click Run as administrator.

If you need proxy authentication to access the Internet, Best Practices Analyzer cannot access new updates for you to download. However, you can manually download the latest version of RtcBPA.msi from the Microsoft Download Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=211230. After downloading the file, you can copy it to the computer on which you want to update Best Practices Analyzer and use the .msi file to install the new version of the tool on that computer.
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