MBSA (Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer) is a free tool provided by Microsoft. Its purpose is to scan systems to determine the systems security posture. Most people run it as a gui, but it also has a cmdline option which allows for scripting and automation of tasks. In this post I’ll show you how to run mbsacli the cmdline version of mbsa.
First you may ask yourself, why would anyone would want to make an image of a floppy? First, virtual floppy images give a better, more durable, and efficient way to store data than a physical floppy. Secondly for archival purposes, I have gobs and gobs of floppies with everything from bootable linux distros, utility disks, and games that I want to preserve. Thirdly, floppy images give you a virtual floppy environment when no physical floppy is device available – supported by VMware workstation and other virtualization packages. If you’re using linux or another Unix like OS, your probably good to go – just use the built in dd command and simply type the following commands at a shell prompt . If you’re on Windows, head over to chrysocome.net and pick you up a copy of dd for Windows.
dd if=/dev/fd0 of=floppy.img bs 1440
dd if=/./a: of=floppy.img bs 1440
Explanation of command: if = in file, of = outfile, bs = byte sectors.