Hyper-V Best Practice Analyzer now available

Hyper-V Best Practice Analyzer now available

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Yesterday we released an update for Windows Server 2008 R2 which provides a “best practice analyzer” for Hyper-V.  You can read about it here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977238 and download it from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=89d80c15-0082-4fef-a4fc-fefa463bed08

But what is it?  How do you use it?  And why should you care?

The Hyper-V Best Practice Analyzer is a tool that will scan your Hyper-V server and let you know if there are any common best practices that you are not following.  To use it you just need to download and install the update (from the above link) and then open Server Manager.

When you select the entry for Hyper-V under the Roles node you should see a new section called Best Practice Analyzer:


Here you can select to scan the Hyper-V role and see how you are going against common best practices.

While this might sound boring – I have found this tool to be quite useful.  When I ran it on my server at home it alerted me to the fact that I had a virtual machine where I had not updated the integration components to the latest version.

One other neat feature of the Best Practice Analyzer is the ability to exclude results.  This way you can remove best practices that you do not believe apply to your environment – so you will not have to deal with a large number of unnecessary errors / warnings.

So go grab it and try it out on your Hyper-V server!


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  • Great tool! Going to go run it on my Hyper-V Hosts now!!

  • I am assuming this can't be used for Hyper-V Server 2008 R2?

  • Sean -

    Correct.  Windows Server only.



  • Thanks for the heads up Ben.  There is a whole host of these BPA updates available, and they also come down via Windows Update (mine did last night).  You can read more here: http://blogs.technet.com/askds/archive/2010/04/28/win2008-r2-bpa-updates-released-for-april-2010-wave.aspx



  • Will the Hyper-V BPA be available for the Hyper-V Server 2008 R2?


  • Hi Ben

    Not sure if this is by design, or a bit of an oversight, but the BPA update will not install on Windows 7 Machines with RSAT installed.  I would of thought this would of been a supported scenario?

    (Its a long story, but I need to administer by Win2K8 R2 Core box , which is no domain joined using Server Manager, the only way I can do this is from a workgroup based Remote Server Manager.  All my Win2K8R2 servers are domain joined....



  • Hi

    Finally got this running on Server Core.  Don't forget that its not the remote instance of Server Manager that needs updating, but so doe Server Core 2008 R2.  Run Windows Update on the box and all was well - guessing it populates new powershell cmdlets.

    Also for those using WSUS, these updates are being delivered as 'Feature Packs' rather than just 'Updates'... guess what we don't synchronise by default. (we do now!)

    Running this against my home brew box and at work, and looks good and very useful.  Not sure about a 2Gb hard limit for Windows Server 2K8R2 though, runs fine on 512Mb :o)



  • Long story, but I have Win2K8 R2 given by the basic table, which is not domain joined with Server Manager, the only way I can do is from a working group on the remote server administrator. All my servers are domain Win2K8R2 joined.<a href="recenthits.com/">Laptop Reviews</a>

  • This can now be installed on Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1.

    Just download the files and run them as:

    wusa Windows6.1-KB977238-x64.msu

    wusa Windows6.1-KB2485986-x64.msu

    Open Server Manager remotely and when you select the entry for Hyper-V under the Roles node you should see a new section called Best Practice Analyzer on your Hyper V Server 2008 R2.

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