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Server 2008 MBSA download link opens CAB file, not MSU

On 2003 servers when I run MBSA I get a link on the results page to download each patch.  Clicking that link would download the patch to the specific vulerability.  The download would be an EXE.  In Server 2008 I expected it to download an MSU package but instead they all download CAB files.  For example when I click to download the hotfix for MS10-029 it downloads this file:
windows6.0-kb978338-x64_dab77aff7d8847ae3cef054d3c48e4bf38504bc2.cab

Usually I script the hotfix installs and run them together with /passive /norestart but I don't know how to apply a CAB file.  I guess my question is what do I do with the CAB file?

Thanks.
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Shreedhar EtteCommented:
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bigbigpigAuthor Commented:
What are you referring to in that link?  Am I supposed to be looking at some documentation?  That link is for the old version of MBSA.  I'm already using the newer one because I needed to scan Server 2008 R2.
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bigbigpigAuthor Commented:
Here's a screen shot.  The link in the Download column downloads CAB files.
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Shreedhar EtteCommented:
Hi,

Updated Windows Update Agent to latest version.

To do that visit the following Microsoft Web site: http://www.update.microsoft.com (http://www.update.microsoft.com) When you visit this Web site, the latest version of the Windows Update Agent will automatically be installed.

After that run the MBSA and Check.

Hope this helps,
Shree
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bigbigpigAuthor Commented:
Update WUAgent does not change it.  Still links to CAB files.
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Shreedhar EtteCommented:
Hi,

Clear the folder C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\MBSA\2.0\Cache\ directory.

And re-run the MBSA and see

Hope this helps,
Shree
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bigbigpigAuthor Commented:
No that doesn't work either.  I've tested this on 9 different Server 2008 and 2008R2 boxes and get the same results on all of them.  The XMLOUT option also provides a download link to a CAB file.  Here's an example:


<DownloadURL>http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/uprl/2010/02/windows6.0-kb979306-x64_c9fc4ba9a14a1ad1ce56a2fdc2764e8adae9d926.cab</DownloadURL>

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bigbigpigAuthor Commented:
Same results on Windows 7, just downloads a CAB file.
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Shreedhar EtteCommented:
Get in tocuh with the PSS.
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bigbigpigAuthor Commented:
I opened a case with PSS and they reported back to me that MBSA returns the data that the WUA gives it and starting with Vista and Server 2008 the WUA installs updates as CAB files.

CAB files can be installed via command line using the following command:
pkgmgr.exe /ip /m:<cab file>

An example of this would be:
pkgmgr.exe /ip /m:c:\tmp\windows6.0-kb978542-x64.cab
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