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Hi, when I install and run the MBSA 2.01 on either of my servers, 1 running Windows Server 2003 Standard and the other Web Edition, I get this error:

The catalog file is damaged or an invalid catalog.

Also, when I try to run Windows Update, it gives me an error. I googled this for 2 hours and didn't find anything that solved my problem.

Again, this occurs on both servers.

Any ideas?
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This error can occur if the wsusscn2.cab file is located in a read-only directory (such as on a CD-ROM). The MBSA command-line utility extracts files from the .cab file by writing files to the directory that the .cab file is in, and will report this error if it cannot write files to that directory. To avoid this error, make sure that wsusscn2.cab is in a directory to which the account running mbsacli.exe has write access.

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http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/tools/mbsa2/qa.mspx
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by:Pugglewuggle
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That was the first place I looked, and although it provides plenty of info about the problem, it provides no clear solution. Where is the file stored? What must I do to get this working again? I was previously able to access Windows Update. What broke it?
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Copy the cab file from the cdrom to a directory on your system.
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What do you mean? It's on the OS CD? I thought it had to be downloaded from Windows Update...
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You can obtain the file from this link
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=76054

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Where is the file supposed to go?
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Okay, here's what fixed it - sorry about the wait.

The problem was that the WSUS installation on the server was interfering with the regular Windows Update process that MBSA and Windows uses.

Just uninstalled WSUS 3.0 and everything works great.
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