Tool to learn what security groups grant a user effective permissions to a resource

Hi everyone,

In a Windows 2008 domain, I'm having a hard time trying to audit certain permissions users are getting since there is no rhyme or reason why certain groups are named what they're named, without any descriptions whoatsoever. The fact that most of these groups are nested in another group, which is also likely nested, makes the task pretty difficult.

I find it kind of helpful that I can right click a file or folder and head over to security ... effective permissions tab, which lets me know what a person currently has access to do within the directory/file, but is there a way, or a tool I can utilize, that will also let me know the exact group/groups the effective permissions tab is pulling from?

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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:


This tool shows you the accesses the user or group you specify has to files, Registry keys or Windows services.

This simple yet powerful security tool shows you who has what access to directories, files and Registry keys on your systems. Use it to find holes in your permissions

the latter two are from Sysinternals

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kj_syenceAuthor Commented:
All of these tools are great, but it doesn't really answer my question. I'm basically want a tool that prompts for a username and a shared directory/file, that will then give me the RWXD status and also list any security groups the user may be in that is granting him/her that access. Security group nesting is a bit out of control here and something like this would be great until we fix the underlying issue.

The effective permissions tab would be perfect if it not only showed the effective permissions for a user, but also listed every group that user is a member of that makes up the effective permissions.
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