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MBSA - Other Alternative Tool to check for available Windows Update???

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OK, Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer does an extensive scan of different Windows components which is quite impressive.  

But it only does SECURITY Updates scan though (very disappointing) and not CRITICAL Updates.  I manually did a Windows Update scan and compared with MBSA results and it missed quite a few security/critical updates.

I was hoping I could centrally "mimick" the Windows Update for several and get the exact same results as if I ran it manually from the workstation.

How do you do it.  Any suggestions???
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by:jdeclue
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Look into SUS, Systems update services. This should be a solution for you.

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Sorry, heere is a link to the web site, with the info.

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http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/sus/default.mspx
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OK, I understand SUS features quite extensively.  

Any other methods?
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hfnetchk... I will get you the link..

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Go To www.shavlik.com , they have some free tools, free demos and software for purchase. I use this for patching, these are the guys that made hfnetchk and MBSA for microsoft and these version can handle all patching and updates, far more than windows update.

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OK. I will try that and kep you guys posted
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Ok... it is good stuff. Good luck! ;)

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Well, the hfnetchk at www.shavlik.com is exactly the tool that comes with MBSA as well which can be used by using a commnad-line based switches.  

Disappointing how MBSA is limited in what it scans.  If it collects exactly the same updates available as Windows Update did...Bob is my uncle!

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The full blown version handles all service packs, patches, office packs and exchange patches, sql patches as well as quite a few others. I purchased and maintain a 100 count license, just for the servers in production. It does a pretty good job of keeping everything up to date. It looks like the next version of Microsoft's SUS, WUS will be able to handle most of that as well, and it will be free. If it ever gets released!

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p.s. Did you download the Free Version of Shvlik HFNetCheckPro Admin Suite, or just the command line scanner. If it was just the command line scanner, download the Admin Suite...

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