security update status

We have tried to use the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyser software to identify servers with missing security updates. However for whatever reason - we always get "cannot contact windows update agent on target computer - possibly due to firewall settings". Is there any other way to get a similar report that MBSA produces from on the server itself? They will all be running server 2008 R2.
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pma111Asked:
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McKnifeCommented:
Do you use WSUS? WSUS reports that info.
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awawadaCommented:
Have you tried these settings?

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pma111Author Commented:
Second option didnt work, we do use WSUS (albeit I dont work on the support side of IT), but our admin always claimed MBSA was the most accurate reporting for security patch status.
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McKnifeCommented:
WSUS is accurate, because it gets reporting info from the clients on a regular basis. When a client starts, the windows update service starts and does reporting to wsus.
If you install updates, this is NOT immediately reported, but only on next client restart.
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awawadaCommented:
"Second option didnt work, we do use WSUS (albeit I dont work on the support side of IT), but our admin always claimed MBSA was the most accurate reporting for security patch status."

Then something went wrong. We scan many clients a day and manage more than 25'000 clients from many customers. Check firewall or AV it maybe blocking MBSA. Or you may have DNS problems. Did you try to scan by IP?
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pma111Author Commented:
yes by ip and server name
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
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