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it saves them as separate Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer reports and the only MBSA automatically saves the reports in XML files there’s no “export”. I ran the MBSA tool to get a report of what security updates are loaded on a remote computer. Now I want to print this report out, but there is nothing within the gui. Use the Task Query Baseline Security (MBSA) to identify various risks on The initial report shows the results per issue. Saving and exporting information.

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Windows Checks The Windows and Ex;ort Applications check determines if your current configuration leaves your computer vulnerable to easy attacks. The scan will result in an error if these services do not have an exception configured in the Windows Firewall. If any of these items are marked with a red Xthen a How to correct this link will display.

A green checkmark is used when a check passes that is, no issue was found for that particular check. The screen shot below displays the window that appears after you click on the How to correct this link.

Get Missing Updates with Powershell and MBSA

Msa provides various key information about the environment, which can surely be used for something. Scores cannot be changed or reassigned for system configuration checks. You may see an Internet Explorer — Security Warning window. Click the Install button to start the installation.


You may see a File Download — Security Warning window. A window will display when the installation has been successfully completed.

The Result details window contains details about the vulnerability in this case, weak passwords. If either of these services is unavailable or disabled, the scan results will indicate this. MBSA performs the following actions during a scan: Analyzing the Scan For each vulnerability, MBSA provides additional details about the scan via the What was scanned link, the Result details link, and the How to correct this link. For the administrative vulnerability checksa red X is used when a critical check failed for example, a user has a eeport password.

But of course there will be machines which cannot be scanned for whatever reason. The MBSA scan summary is organized into sections.

Help using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)

This report file is stored on the computer from which you ran the MBSA tool. Once you have reviewed the report and corrected all the vulnerabilities, rerun MBSA to check that there are no more additional vulnerabilities that exist on your system. The Windows and Desktop Applications check determines if your current configuration leaves your computer vulnerable to easy attacks. After you run a MBSA scan, the tool will provide you with specific suggestions for remediating security vulnerabilities.

Above I excluded the once I was sure would fail due to other permissionsbut some machines may be offline, some with special permissions may hide somewhere etc. The MBS Setup window displays.

In ex;ort to perform a scan you MUST have administrator privileges. This script simply gets the list from WSUS and checks whether a report of each machine exists in the report store.


It is of course possible to execute the MBSAcli. Visit Microsoft for a list of supported operating systems. The How to correct this window displays the recommended solution with step-by-step instructions. Each section may require you to take different actions in order to remediate any problems that have been detected.

It also contains links that provide more detailed information, such as What was scannedResult Details, and How to Correct this. WaitForExit Now, very off character for me, I have added some comments in the script, but it is fairly straight forward. The screen shot below displays the window that appears after you click on the Result details link.

Get Missing Updates with Powershell and MBSA

If it has been a while since you last updated your computer, this will most likely be marked with a red X. The MBSA also provides additional information about the system that was scanned in a separate section. The 2 scripts could be fused into one, but for my purposes, where I need to run script 1 on a regular basis and script 2 on demand, this is the best way.

Visit Microsoft for a list of supported versions reoort Microsoft Office. Click Scan a computer.