I get quite a few emails asking when I’m going to be releasing the NTFS permissions reporting tool that I have had listed under the “Future Projects” section of my software page for some time… well, I finally started spending some time on this over the last few days and thought I would post a few screenshots and some basic details of what the application will be able to do.
EDIT: The second BETA version can now be downloaded here: http://cjwdev.co.uk/Software/NtfsReports/Info.html
In case you didn’t work it out from the name of the application, NTFS Permissions Reporter is an application that lets you query and report on the NTFS permissions assigned to directories on your file servers. It will be user friendly, modern, and easy to use – as well as being powerful and feature rich of course. This application will be useful in a number of different situations, from producing full reports of the permissions on your entire file server directory structure, to checking to see where a specific user/group is used in permissions entries and what they have access to (which will be easy thanks to the built in filtering options)
Please bear in mind that these screenshots are from extremely early in the development cycle – the final product may look quite different and there are plenty of things that still need work.
EDIT: You can now find updated screenshots here
I’m interested to hear if people think the tree view for the results works, as every other permissions reporting app I have seen tends to just use a table format (i.e each permission entry is on its own row, so you have several rows for each directory). I made it this way because I find it much more intuitive seeing the results like this, as this is how we are used to seeing and managing directories – plus this way you only get each directory appearing once and if you want to see the permissions for a specific directory you can easily navigate to it rather than having to scroll down a table and look for the full path you are interested in. Let me know what you think of this layout (I will probably be including a table layout option as well, as this will be easier to export to Excel).
As with most of my recent applications, there will be a Free Edition and a Standard Edition. I have not yet decided which features will only be available in the Standard Edition but will add another post on this blog when this has been confirmed. I know there is a distinct lack of decent free NTFS permissions reporting tools, so as is always the case with my free apps, the Free Edition will actually be useful and will not just be a time limited or heavily restricted version of the full version.
More Information & Release Date
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And as always – feel free to let me know if you have any feedback.