Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Microsoft Base Line Security Analyzer Basic to In-depth Home Computer Security Guide Page 8

2. Choose the Computer name option as if you want to scan your computer by choosing your computers workgroup name (by default your computer workgroup name is automatically is in the list) see figure-8.


3. In the last step a Report will generated that will show the list vulnerabilities of your computer & how the necessary steps fix those vulnerabilities.


What is MBSA 2.1?

MBSA 2.1 is an update to MBSA 2.0.1 to provide full Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 support, general improvements and customer-requested enhancements.

Will I notice a difference when I run MBSA 2.1?

By customer request, the automatic distribution of the latest Windows Update Agent (WUA) client to client computers scanned by MBSA has been disabled in MBSA 2.1. This may prevent MBSA from successfully scanning computers that do not have the latest WUA client installed. Administrators and security auditors will want to select the option to "Configure computers for Microsoft Update and scanning prerequisites" in order to improve security scan success.

Note: Unless specifically noted, all references to MBSA 2.0 in the MBSA TechNet pages also apply to MBSA 2.1.

New Features found in MBSA 2.1:

Support for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

Updated graphical user interface

Full support for 64-bit platforms and vulnerability assessment (VA) checks against 64-bit platforms and components

Improved support for Windows XP Embedded platform

Improved support for SQL Server 2005 vulnerability assessment (VA) checks Automatic Microsoft Update registration and agent update (if selected) using the graphical interface or from the command-line tool using the /ia feature New feature to output completed scan reports to a user-selected directory path or network share (command-line /rd feature) Windows Server Update Services 2.0 and 3.0 compatibility.

MBSA comes in two flavors: GUI tool and command line tool. Users can get more details about MBSA from the following URL & Choose the appropriate download below for English (EN), German (DE), French (FR) and Japanese (JA) for x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) platforms :

Direct Downloading Link :

XP 32-bit Supported MBSASetup-x86-EN.msi :

XP 64-bit Supported MBSASetup-x64-EN.msi:

User should be connected to the Internet while running MBSA for the first time.

Shavlik Technologies offers a free MBSA 2.1 companion tool called Shavlik NetChk Limited.

Shavlik NetChk™ Limited

NetChk Limited is a free security program from Shavlik Technologies that analyzes the patch status of those Microsoft products not supported by current Microsoft patch technologies. The scan output from NetChk Limited are MBSA-readable XML files that can be viewed via the MBSA GUI (MBSA version 2.0 and later).

Users who have the following products in their environment can use Shavlik NetChk Limited to augment MBSA 2.0.1 results for comprehensive security update detection.

Released June 30, 2009

NetChk_7.0.832.0.exe (45.9 MB)

Direct Downloading Link :


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