Following my previous post announcing the new Tools section on the Office 365 administration portal, I will propose to go in details for each current tools available from this section – at the time of writing, some tools are still in beta.

Today, I’ll go through the Best Practices Analyser from a client side.

This tool is still in beta at the time of writing this post.

This tool will check if your client will be able to connect to your Office 365 tenants, and so check DNS records, client prerequisites…

The good news is this tool can be run by end-users, not only for Office 365 administrators or support team – but this requires to be installed before by an administrator as the Tools section is not available for end-users on the portal or to use the URL to reach the tool section (https://portal.microsoftonline.com/tools).

Installation

To install the Best Practices Analyser, connect to your Office 365 administration portal and go to the Tools section from the left menu

Click on Check your on-premises PC with the Office 365 Best Practices Analayser and run the tool

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As usual, you will be asked to accept the license agreement, then the tool is being downloaded – once installed, it will be available from the Start menu image

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Use the tool

Once the tool has been installed just follow the wizard

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The tool is asking you to authenticate to your Office 365 tenant

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Then you have the results report

As said this tool is still in beta, and the results rendering is not really useable: if you click to the View details button, a new window appears but you can not close it – the only way is to switch back to the main BPA window (using Alt+Tab) and close this one, copy some results for investigation or filter.

At this stage, it is better to Save scan results which generates an HTML file

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