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SolutionBase: Get the most out of ISA 2004 with the Best Practices Analyzer Tool

The last page of the ISA BPA Tool Setup Wizard

Microsoft recently released its ISA 2004 Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) Tool. Like the BPAs released for other Microsoft server products, the ISA firewall's BPA can be used to analyze your ISA firewall's configuration and then come up with suggestions for how you can correct problems with your ISA firewall. In this article we'll take a look at what the ISA firewall BPA does and the type of information you'll get after running the tool.

Obtaining and using BPA

The first step is to download the BPA from the The ISA firewall BPA will work on both Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition. You will need to make sure that the .NET framework 1.1 is installed before installing the ISA firewall BPA.

After downloading the tool to a management station, scan the file with your favorite AV/AS software, then copy it to the ISA firewall. Double click on the IsaBPA.msi to install the application. At the end of installation, leave the checkmark in the Invoke Microsoft ISA Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool when the wizard closes checkbox, as seen in above, and click Finish.

Microsoft recently released its ISA 2004 Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) Tool. Like the BPAs released for other Microsoft server products, the ISA firewall's BPA can be used to analyze your ISA firewall's configuration and then come up with suggestions for how you can correct problems with your ISA firewall. In this article we'll take a look at what the ISA firewall BPA does and the type of information you'll get after running the tool.