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Guide to MS' Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)

Scanning

Once you’ve loaded MSBA select Pick a computer to scan. Assuming you’ve followed the steps as described previously you should be greeted with the screen beneath.

The Security report name indicates where reports are to be saved, as in the default option shown that would indicate, where x represents a Drive letter, x:\Documents and Settings\Accountname\SecurityScans\domainname – PCname (date & time of scan).xml, e.g. C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\SecurityScans\Workgroup - Main (04-18-2002 06-02 PM).xml. Edit this to a more fitting report title if you wish to do so.

As regards the Options be sure to Untick all unneeded options. Being that this guide is intended for stand-alone systems it’s unlikely you’ll have IIS or SQL installed so be sure to Untick those.

Select Start scan to (predictably) run the MBSA scan of your system.

 

Suggestion box & Other Useful resources  

By now you should be able to successfully use MBSA on your Windows 2000/XP system to scan for vulnerabilities or other weak areas of your system. If you have a Questions/Comments be sure to post them in the Misc. Software & Utilities Forum. In the future this guide may be further expanded or alternatively an additional system security article will be posted.

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