How to list folder and subfolder permissions automatically?

Hi there,

I've got a terrible time when someone asks "what are the permissions granted to each account within the USERS share/folder"?

I have to manually see the Security Properties of each folder I need, and elaborate a (Word) document. This is really time-consuming!

Does anyone know a way (or a software) to automate such reports?

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RaybansTechnical ManagerCommented:
yes there is, let me see if I can find it for you..

cant remember the name of it

but such a beast does exist.

even had it exporting all the info to an Access Database
RaybansTechnical ManagerCommented:
found the tool I used

Ideal Administration

try the trial version, it should give you what you need

when you run it go to the Database menu
Files and Directories
I suggest you tick everything except for Extract Files

click on the Select Files and Directories to Export button

go through and select the PC/Server and the folders you want to audit.

makes a large database
and takes quiet a while

you can export a report from Access into HTML which I found the easiest way to read it
will these commands help as well?


This will return a comma delimited file (for spreadsheets) containing user and group information, and write it to a file called USERINFO.TXT.


This will return the username permissions on all files in all subdirectories on the c:\ drive of the computername, and write it to a file called PERMS.TXT

change the *.* to your share directory
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Try it with DumpSec from Somarsoft ( and/or AccessEnum from Sysinternals (
Both will go down from a given directory and display only subfolder/file permissions that differ from the root folder which makes them more concise than cacls.exe.
Both offer export to text files as well.

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Win2K comes with XCACLS.EXE which can enumerate the NTFS permissions on files/folders. Just open a Command Prompt, go to the directory you want to know about, and run it.
For example, to see the permissions on C:\Temp, you would open Command Prompt, go to the root of C: and run:
XCACLS TEMP. It will look like this.

C:\>xcacls temp
C:\TEMP Everyone:(OI)(CI)F

CD into Temp, and run "XCACLS *.*" to get the NTFS permissions on all files and subfolders in the directory.

hope this helps

Hows it going so far ?
RicardoBSFAuthor Commented:
Hi there,

A little summary of my attempts:

- Ideal Administration seemed a very good and complete software. But maybe so complete it got out of my budget...

- Could not locate (execute or find executable file on disk) for commands ADDUSER, PERMS and XCACLS. Are they installed by default on Win2k Servers?

- DumpSec was *almost* the perfect tool. It did the job I need, but not with all the information. It does segment permissions per folder/file, but it only shows who's got READ or WRITE permissions. I would need to dump permissions just like they appear (all the available permissions) in Win2K.

But once again, thanks for your help. I appreciate all your comments, looking forward to find an answer.

Here is the complete list of tools , but microsoft will only let you download certain ones from their site...

You can find the rest online in other websites like the one above.

RicardoBSFAuthor Commented:

Your help is much appreciated. I feel like a small point distribution would be the most fair result, obviously with greater weight to the best solution, but rewarding the others who shared their ideas.

Best wishes, and a merry Xmas!

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