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Links to Microsoft Exchange Best Practices Analyzer and other Resources

Welcome to exbpa.com, home of links to the the Microsoft Exchange Best Practices tool and Microsoft Exchange Server resources.

This domain used to belong to Microsoft, but when they dropped it, it was saved for the Exchange community by Exchange Consultancy Sembee Ltd.

Microsoft Exchange Best Practices Analyzer

The Microsoft Exchange Best Practices Analyzer will help you confirm that your server is configured correctly and flag any errors.

Microsoft Exchange Best Practices Analyzer - Exchange 2000 and 2003

This is the tool for Exchange 2000 and 2003.


Microsoft Exchange Best Practices Analyzer - Exchange 2007 and 2010

For Exchange 2007 and 2010, the best practices analyzer is built in to the product. For more information on accessing them - click here for Exchange 2007 and here for Exchange 2010

Small Business Server Best Practices Analyzer

While you can use the Exchange tool, this is the tool that is dedicated for Small Business Server. It can be used with the Exchange Best Practices tool as well.

2003: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5334

2008: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=6231

2011: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=15556  
(Requires Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.0 - http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=16475 )

Exchange Troubleshooting Assistant

Exchange 2003

The Microsoft Exchange Troubleshooting tool can help you find where problems with your Exchange server may be.


Exchange 2007 and 2010

For the latest versions of Exchange, 2007 and 2010, you will find the troubleshooting assistant in the toolbox which is part of the management console. For more information on accessing them - click here for Exchange 2007 and here for Exchange 2010

Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer

This is now the primary tool for diagnosing remote access issues for Exchange. It includes diagnostics for:

  • ActiveSync
    • ActiveSync
    • ActiveSync with Autodiscover
  • Web Services Connectivity Test
    • Synchronization, Notification, Availability, and Automatic Replies (OOF)
    • Service Account Access (Developers)
  • Outlook Connectivity Tests
    • Anywhere/RPC over HTTPS
    • Autodiscover
  • Internet Email Tests
    • Inbound SMTP Email
    • Outbound SMTP Email - which does checks on your reverse DNS configuration, real time blacklists and sender ID. Requires your public IP address.
  • Message Header Analyzer

If you have not already tested your server through this tool you will almost certainly be pointed towards it as a first diagnostics step.

http://testexchangeconnectivity.com/ or http://exrca.com (shorter link - ends up in the same place)

More Microsoft Exchange Tools

Microsoft have lots more resources for the Microsoft Exchange product.

Microsoft Tech Centre

Microsoft have a home page for each version of Exchange on Technet. These links will take you to the version for your own location.

Exchange 2013: http://technet.microsoft.com/exchange/fp179701
Exchange 2010: http://technet.microsoft.com/exchange/2010/default.aspx
Exchange 2007: http://technet.microsoft.com/exchange/bb330841.aspx
Exchange 2003: http://technet.microsoft.com/exchange/bb288525.aspx
Exchange 2000: http://technet.microsoft.com/exchange/bb330822.aspx

Exchange Pre-Deployment Analyzer

This tool will scan your existing environment to confirm readiness for Exchange 2010. It is based on the same checks carried out by the Best Practises Tool, just with a focus on the readiness for the upgrade to the latest version.


Exchange Deployment Assistant

This is a tool that will take your scenario and give you a customised set of instructions for the upgrade to Exchange 2010 or 2013 either on premise, hybrid or cloud only.


Exchange Architecture Poster

These are PDF documents that highlight the architecture and feature set of the version of Exchange.

Exchange 2013


Exchange 2013 SP1


Exchange 2010


Exchange 2007


Microsoft Exchange PST Capture Tool

Used to discover and import PST files in to Exchange Server.


Microsoft Exchange 2010 Visio Stencils

Visio 2003 and higher stencils for Exchange 2010


Scripts and Calculators

Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator (Exchange 2010)
Processor Query Tool

Client Network Bandwidth Calculator (Exchange 2010)

ActiveSync Troubleshooting Scripts

More Microsoft Tools

Microsoft have lots of tools for Microsoft Exchange.
Many of the tools for Exchange 2003 can work with Exchange 2007, but care should be taken to ensure compatibility and that the functionality is not provided natively in the product.

Exchange 2003 Tools: http://technet.microsoft.com/exchange/bb288488.aspx
Exchange 2007 Tools: http://technet.microsoft.com/exchange/bb330849.aspx

Outlook Tools

Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool (OCAT)

This reports on the state of your Outlook profile. Outlook 2007 or higher only.


Outlook Calendar Checking Tool (CALCheck)

Command line tool to check the Outlook calendar for issues. Includes permissions, free/busy publishing and auto booking. Exchange mailboxes only.


Log Parser Studio

A GUI for the Log Parser Tool, including scripts for Exchange diagnostics

Information and download link

Other Sites of Assistance

Exchange 2007 Wiki http://www.exchangeninjas.com/
Msexchange.org: http://www.msexchange.org/
Exchange.Sembee.info  http://exchange.sembee.info/
Daniel Petri: http://www.petri.co.il/

3rd Party Tools and Scripts

Coming Soon


Some people prefer to use web based forums to ask their questions. Microsoft have their TechNet forums and there are others on the internet where you can seek assistance.

Microsoft TechNet

Exchange 2013: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/exchangeserver
Previous Versions of Exchange: : http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/exchangeserverlegacy


Divided in to categories and versions

Experts Exchange

The Exchange section is very busy. You can sign up for a free account which will allow you to see the entire solution:

Daniel Petri's Exchange Forums

Exchange 2000/2003: http://www.petri.co.il/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=12
Exchange 2007/2010/2013: http://www.petri.co.il/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=36 

Email Lists

Most email lists can get quite busy. Therefore a good trick is to create a public folder for them and subscribe the public folder to the list.
Then subscribe your personal email account, but set your email address settings to "no email" (ie where it is a member but doesn't receive email) That allows you to reply to messages from the public folder, but as yourself.

My IT Forum (Formally Sunbelt) Exchange List

The Sunbelt Exchange forum is now hosted by My IT Forum. You can subscribe to the list either via the web interface or by email. It is very high traffic, so a public folder is a good way to separate the traffic out.

Web Interface: http://myitforum.com/myitforumwp/services/email-lists/

Email: command@lists.myITforum.com with the body of "subscribe Exchange"

Yahoo Groups Lists

Yahoo has a number of groups dedicated to Exchange Server. Access to these groups either through the Yahoo web interface or you can subscribe via e-mail. To subscribe via email, send an e-mail to <groupname>-subscribe@yahoogroups.com, such as exchange2007-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.
The traffic on these groups is quite low.

These are the web site interfaces
Exchange 2003: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/exchange-2003 
Exchange 2007: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/exchange2007
Exchange 2010: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/exchange2010

Blogs (All open in a new window)

The Exchange community has a large number of bloggers, which can be useful to keep track on what is going on, tips and techniques on working with Exchange, across all of the versions. This is not an exhaustive list of Exchange related blogs.

This first one is pretty much mandatory if you manage Exchange
You Had Me At EHLO...aka the Microsoft Exchange Team Blog http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/ .  

Other Microsoft Blogs

Bharat Suneja http://www.exchangepedia.com/
Ben Winzenz http://blogs.technet.com/benw/
Dave Goldman http://blogs.msdn.com/dgoldman/
Messaging News Tips and tricks http://blogs.technet.com/exchangept/

Nick Smith http://blogs.msdn.com/karsmith/
Scott Schnoll http://blogs.technet.com/scottschnoll/
Tim McMichael http://blogs.technet.com/b/timmcmic/
Vivek Sharma http://www.viveksharma.com/techlog/
Doug Gowans: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/douggowans/

Other blogs  (in no particular order, but ours first)

Simon Butler (Sembee): http://blog.sembee.co.uk/ 

Amit Tank http://exchangeshare.wordpress.com/
Andy Grogan http://www.telnetport25.com/
Andrew Higginbotham: http://exchangemaster.wordpress.com/
Anderson Patricio: http://andersonpatricio.ca/ 
Devin L. Ganger http://www.thecabal.org/
Brian Tirch: http://www.exchange-genie.com/genie-articles/
Brian Desmond http://briandesmond.com/blog/
Brian Reid http://www.c7solutions.com/blog
Clint Boessen http://clintboessen.blogspot.com/
Elan Shudnow http://www.shudnow.net/
Gary Cooper http://exchangeranger.wordpress.com/
Glen Scales http://gsexdev.blogspot.com/
Jim McBee http://mostlyexchange.blogspot.com/
Joel Stidley: http://ExchangeExchange.com/
Michael B Smith http://theessentialexchange.com/blogs/michael/
Michel de Rooij http://eightwone.com/
Mike Crowley http://mikecrowley.wordpress.com/
Mike Pfeiffer http://www.mikepfeiffer.net/
MS Exchange Blog http://hellomate.typepad.com/
MS Exchange Tips http://msexchangetips.blogspot.com/
Nicolas Blank http://www.blankmanblog.com/
Nuno Mota  http://letsexchange.blogspot.co.uk/
Oliver Moazzezi / Cobweb http://www.exchange2010.com/
Oz Ozugurlu http://smtp25.blogspot.com/
Pat Richard http://www.ehloworld.com/category/exchange-server
Paul Cunningham http://exchangeserverpro.com/ 
Paul Flaherty http://blog.flaphead.dns2go.com/
Paul Robichaux http://www.robichaux.net/blog/
Rui Silva http://msmvps.com/blogs/ehlo/
Shaun Croucher: http://exchangeshell.wordpress.com/
Steve Goodman: http://www.stevieg.org/
Tim Harrison: http://howdouc.blogspot.com/
Tony Murray: http://www.open-a-socket.com/
Tony Redmond: http://thoughtsofanidlemind.wordpress.com/

Twitter (All open in a new window)

The Exchange community also has a large number of people who tweet, This is not an exhaustive list of Exchange related tweeters.


Official Microsoft Exchange Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/MSFTExchange 
Scott Schnoll: https://twitter.com/schnoll
Bhara Suneja: https://twitter.com/bsuneja 

Exchange MVPs

Paul Cunningham: https://twitter.com/ExchServPro
Paul Robichaux: https://twitter.com/paulrobichaux
Jeff Guillet: https://twitter.com/expta
Steve Goodman: https://twitter.com/stevegoodman
J. Peter Bruzzese: https://twitter.com/JPBruzzese
Tony Redmond: https://twitter.com/12Knocksinna
Anderson Patricio: https://twitter.com/apatricio
Jaap Wesselius: https://twitter.com/jaapwess
Michel de  Rooij: https://twitter.com/mderooij
Johan Veldhuis: https://twitter.com/jveldh
Michael van Horenbeeck: https://twitter.com/mvanhorenbeeck
Mahmoud Magdy: https://twitter.com/_busbar
Nicolas Blank: https://twitter.com/nicolasblank
Peter Schmidt: https://twitter.com/petsch
Michael B Smith: https://twitter.com/essentialexc
Glen Scales: https://twitter.com/glenscales
Oliver Moazzezi: https://twitter.com/OliverMoazzezi
Brian Reid: https://twitter.com/BrianReidC7
Jorge Patricio Diaz: https://twitter.com/jorDiazMVP
Andy David: https://twitter.com/adavid6
Simon Butler: https://twitter.com/sembee


The Exchange community uses a lot of acronyms.

Exchange Clustering / High Availability

DAG - Database Availability Group (Exchange 2010/2013)
CCR - Continous Cluster Replication (Exchange 2007)
SCC - Single Copy Clustering (Exchange 2007)
SCR - Single Copy Replication Exchange 2007)
LCR - Local Copy Replication (Exchange 2007)

Exchange Management Tools

ESM - Exchange System Manager (Exchange 2003)
EMC - Exchange Management Console (Exchange 2007/2010/2013)
EMS - Exchange Management Shell (aka PowerShell) (Exchange 2007/2010/2013)
ECP - Exchange Control Panel (Exchange 2010/2013)

Other Exchange Acronyms

RUS - Recipient Update Services
GAL - Global Address List
OAB - Offline Address Book

NDR - Non Delivery Report
OOTO / OOF - Out Of The Office

DL - Distribution List
DDL - Dynamic Distribution List
QBDL - Query Based Distribution List

UC - Unified Communications
SAN - Subject Alternative Name (when referring to SSL certificates)

GC - Global Catalog (Domain Controller role)
RBAC - Role Based Access Control (Exchange 2010/2013)

Missing one? Send us a message to contact @ sembee.co.uk

About This Site

The domain exbpa.com used to belong to Microsoft. They released it in December 2009.
Fortunately UK based Microsoft Exchange consultancy Sembee Ltd were able to pick it up and have used it for this site.

This list of resources originally started as a posting on Daniel Petri's forum and can be seen here: http://www.petri.co.il/forums/showthread.php?t=26946


Other sites that are owned and operated by Sembee Ltd include kbsearch.info, certificatesforexchange.com, dosprompt.info loginscripts.info, office-recovery.info, wuauclt.info, blog.sembee.co.uk, and exchange.sembee.info.

Content Update Log

22/09/2014 - Last Site Update
22/09/2014 - Update of Links to Microsoft downloads
23/04/2014 - Change of links backend
09/05/2013 - Links review, updating forum and email list information.
21/05/2012 - Links review and corrections - blog links added and corrected
09/03/2012 - Links Review and Corrections
22/01/2012 - Add Exchange 2010 Poster Link
25/04/2011 - Links review and corrections - Sembee and Exchange Team blog
31/12/2010 - Links review and correction, code updates for link tracking
30/08/2010 - General code and links review
08/05/2010 - Blog URLs reviewed
24/02/2010 - Added link to the Exchange Pre-Deployment Analyzer
11/02/2010 - Added link to MS Exchange team blog on Technet.
15/01/2010 - Added Exchange 2010 Deployment Assistant Link
21/12/2009 - First posting to exbpa.com
07/12/2009 - Review of links, updated information throughout.
04/11/2008 - Added information about repairing Windows Mobile emulator images to get short cuts.
22/08/2008 - Added to Acronyms list
21/08/2008 - First posting on petri.co.il.

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