On April 12, 2005, Microsoft released the Extended Security Update Inventory Tool. This tool helps detect and deploy Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) security updates that the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) does not support. These security updates affect several products. MBSA is included in the SMS 2003 Software Update Scanning Tools download. MBSA is also included in the Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0 Software Update Services (SUS) Feature Pack.For more information about a tool that you can use to deploy these security updates in a non-SMS environment, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
894193 How to obtain and use the Enterprise Update Scan Tool
For more information about Microsoft security updates, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
SMS 2003 and the SMS 2.0 SUS Feature Pack use MBSA 1.2 and the Microsoft Office Inventory Tool to detect security updates on SMS client computers. The SMS hardware inventory process returns security update information to the SMS site server. Then, SMS administrators can use the Distribute Software Updates Wizard (DSUW) to deploy critical updates. The DSUW is included in SMS 2003 and in the SMS 2.0 SUS Feature Pack.
Because of limitations in the products that MBSA 1.2 supports, SMS 2003 and the SMS 2.0 SUS Feature Pack cannot detect all the security updates that are released. Therefore, Microsoft has released the Extended Security Update Inventory Tool to help SMS 2003 and SMS 2.0 administrators detect security updates that MBSA does not detect. This tool also helps deploy these updates by using the DSUW. For more information about the security updates that are included in the Extended Security Update Inventory Tool, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
The download package includes a document that describes how to install the tool.
Note The SMS Extended Security Update Inventory Tool Setup program may not work correctly on an SMS 2.0 server that is running Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6a (SP6a). If the Setup program does not succeed, see the advanced installation steps in the user guide that is included with the inventory tool download package.
Important Before you install the Extended Security Update Inventory Tool, make sure that the latest versions of the software update scanning tools for SMS are installed.
To download the latest software update scanning tools for SMS 2003, visit the following Microsoft Web site: