Looking for Less Expensive Alternative Network Vulnerability Scanners

We need to find an alternative vulnerability scanner for a windows 7\Server 2008 network quickly since we cannot purchase the eye Retina product within the next month. Does anyone have any good recommendations for a less expensive product that will help us identify the high\critical vulnerabilities in the short term until we can get Retina?
Aizu71IT SpecialistAsked:
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btanExec ConsultantCommented:
Recommend to go for MS tool like MBSA or Nexpose or Secunia PSI. Cna try MBSA first

Community Edition - Nexpose
http://www.rapid7.com/products/nexpose/compare-downloads.jsp

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)
http://www.mydigitallife.info/microsoft-baseline-security-analyzer-2-1-1-vulnerability-scanner-for-windows-7-and-windows-server-2008-r2/
How-to - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff647642.aspx

Microsoft’s Free Security Tools - Attack Surface Analyzer
http://blogs.technet.com/b/security/archive/2012/08/02/microsoft-s-free-security-tools-attack-surface-analyzer.aspx

Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (check baseline for non compliance )
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc677002.aspx

Open Source vulnerability scanner and manager (OpenVAS)
http://www.openvas.org/software.html

Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI)
http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/

WinMHR (slightly out but useful for known threat detection)
http://www.team-cymru.org/Services/MHR/WinMHR/
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nociSoftware EngineerCommented:
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footechCommented:
You might want to look into Kali Linux.  It includes a lot of open source pen test tools so you can run metasploit, etc. from it.
http://docs.kali.org/introduction/what-is-kali-linux
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madunix (Fadi SODAH)Commented:
I do opensource tools and my own scripts(perl/python), maybe you could use BackTrack, a nice distro with a lot of security tools....
http://www.remote-exploit.org/backtrack.html

Also look at Nessus; NeXpose; Qualys Guard; Retina Network Security Scanner; Saintbox; Shadow Security Scanner; Automated Scanning; FS 1000; Internet Scanner; LANguard

http://sectools.org/
http://www.cirt.net/nikto2
http://www.parosproxy.org/index.shtml
http://www.nta-monitor.com/tools/ike-scan/
http://www.backtrack-linux.org/
http://www.metasploit.com/
http://nmap.org/zenmap/
http://www.nessus.org
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