How do I install/use MBSA in stand alone mode on Server 2008?

Posted on 2011-04-26
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I am trying to install and use MBSA for Server 2k8 R2 in offline mode, but am unfamiliar with the new directory structure-particularly now that I don't have the 'Documents and Settings' folder, and the new "users' folder is restructured as well
Question by:bdbuchanan
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    Hi if I understand correctly your looking to run the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyser while not being connected to the internet. If this is correct I'm guessing you've found something like this that shows where to put the file.

    Because clients can be scanned using an online source (Microsoft Update or an assigned Update Services server) in addition to the offline catalog (, the report can include a specific heading called "Catalog synchronization date". If the offline catalog was used, the time that catalog was generated is displayed in the report and can be used to determine if the latest catalog was used. To check the version of the offline catalog, follow these procedures:

    Step 1: If you do not have the file, download it from and save it to C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\MBSA\Cache\ You may use any folder, but this is where MBSA will store the file after MBSA has downloaded it.

    Step 2: Open C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\MBSA\Cache\ using any program able to view an archive file type of *.cab.

    Step 3: Open from the file, and then the package.xml file inside it.

    Step 4: View the OfflineSyncPackage header element for the CreationDate. It should be set to a value such as "2010-08-09T22:13:59Z" (for example). Use the value you find to determine when the file was generated by Microsoft.

    Well basically for Server 2008 R2 the Local Settings\Application Data folder will now be in:

    So you should find the MBSA\Cache folder here:

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    Author Closing Comment

    I was able to navigate to the folder after I had enabled the "Show all folders" option in Folder options/Navigation Pane from the Control Panel.

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