Software updates can be exported to a test catalog in the System Center Updates Publisher by using the Export Wizard. The export for test catalog can be used to test the validity of the definitions on computers before publishing the software updates to an update server. When the Export Wizard completes using the Export selected updates to a test catalog XML file and supporting scan files for testing option, it creates a folder in the specified location and copies the test catalog, scan tool, schema files, and a script with the appropriate command-line parameters that are used to test the software update definitions that were exported.

The information in this topic applies only to Updates Publisher 3.0 and Updates Publisher 4.0.

Use the following procedure to use the export for test catalog on computers.

To use the export for test catalog

  1. In Windows Explorer, browse to the folder where the export for test files are located. This location was specified in the Export Wizard when creating the export for test catalog.

  2. Double-click Runscan.cmd to scan the local client computer for the software updates defined in the exported catalog and create the TestResults.xml file containing the results of the scan.

  3. Double-click TestResults.xml to view the results of the scan. The default Web browser opens displaying a list of the software updates in the test catalog that are applicable to the client. For a complete listing of all updates that were scanned for on the client computer, see the CSTScan_<ComputerName>.log file located in the <Test Catalog Location>\Logs folder.

  4. To run the test scan on a remote client computer, create a shared resource on the folder where the export for test files are located, map a drive to the shared resource, browse to the shared resource, and then double-click Runscan.cmd.

    The scan results for the client computer are appended to the TestResults.xml file and the applicable updates display grouped by each client computer.

    When a scan is rerun on client computers, the existing scan results for that computer are replaced with the new scan results in the TestResults.xml file.

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