NTFS Permissions Reporter BETA 3 Released

January 21, 2012 — Leave a comment

The third and final BETA version of my NTFS permissions reporting tool is now available to download. Read on for details of what’s new in this version and a release date for the first official version.

You can download the final BETA here: http://cjwdev.co.uk/Software/NtfsReports/Download.html

To see screenshots and general details about this tool, see previous post here.

All features that will be available in the first official version are now up and running, apart from one: the ability to save and load reports in NTPR format. This is a custom file format that will be used purely for loading reports back into NTFS Permissions Reporter for viewing at a later date (and for comparing multiple reports, but that feature probably won’t make it into the first version).

Here’s a brief list of what’s new since the last BETA:

  • When adding a new target directory you can now get a list of shares from a specified server and import them from there instead of adding each share manually.
  • Added option to choose which columns you would like to include in CSV/HTML output when exporting results.
  • Paths specified via the command line “/paths” argument will no longer be automatically added to your list of available target directories.
  • The target directory list can now be expanded to view in a larger window that lets you view and manage the available directory list more easily.
  • Minor GUI changes.
  • Excluded directory summary in HTML export also includes information about the “exclude directories more than X levels beneath original directory” option.
  • System directories can now be excluded.
  • Fixed a bug that caused some special permissions to be reported incorrectly as just Read or List Directory even if additional permissions were specified.
  • The application can now be run via command line, allowing for easy scheduling of report generation. Use the /? argument to view examples and usage details.
  • The option to view nested group members is now up and running and a label showing which group the member came from has been added to the account properties in the tree view, as well as a title of [Direct Member] or [Nested Member] shown in the tree.
  • When using a filter to specify an account to look for in permissions, you can now choose to check for the account being given permissions explicitly, from being a direct member of a group used in the ACL, or from being a direct or nested member of a group used in the ACL.
  • Improved permissions summaries in tree view when multiple simple permissions have been used.
  • Fixed bugs in the way permissions were reported in tree view for some special permission combinations.
  • To overcome the built in 260 character path limit in Windows, the program will now detect when it encounters a long path and will assign a drive letter to the path to make it short enough to use (the drive automatically gets deleted once that directory has been scanned).
  • When selecting an account from AD in a filter item, if multiple accounts with the specified name are found you will now see an icon next to each account indicating the type of account it is (user, group, etc).

Hopefully any features you requested are in there 🙂 One of the most commonly requested things was the ability to import a list of shares from a server so hopefully that option will please a lot of people, but of course I’d love to hear if you have any other suggestions that you think would help make this tool better.

The first official release is scheduled to be released on the 6th of February 2012.

As always I’d love to hear your thoughts on the program, especially regarding the features that are new in this BETA such as the command line options.



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