Is there a way to create a report showing folder permissions on a file server in a windows server 2008 environment?

Posted on 2008-11-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I was wondering if you can create a report showing existing folder permissions for all folders on the server without having to go through them 1 by 1.
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    It is similar to that except I need to see all folder permissions and not just shared folders.
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    There are several tools that will create (more or less) concise lists of NTFS permissions, check this from SystemTools/Somarsoft (my favorite one):
    DumpSec (
    In the Report -> Options menu, uncheck "Show owner", and set it to "Show directories (but not files) whose permissions differ ..."
    The generated report will then only contain folders whose permissions differ in any way from their parent folder.
    I haven't tested it on 2008x64, but I don't see a reason why it should not work, NTFS is still NTFS.

    Or try these from Sysinternals:
    AccessEnum (
    AccessChk (
    ShareEnum (

    Or this one from Scriptlogic:
    Security Explorer (
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    I'm running some tests with this software on my local machine first, then I'll move to a light server that has 2008 server on it...before finally trying it on the production server. I'll keep you informed of the results.

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