Updates for NTFS Permissions Reporter, AD Tidy, and Service Credentials Manager

August 19, 2013 — Leave a comment

Just a quick post to mention that I’ve released updates to a few of my tools this week – if you’re using these tools and have got the “check for updates on launch” enabled then you’ll be notified of the update and the changes it contains next time you run the application, but for those that don’t have that option enabled here’s a description of what’s new.

NTFS Permissions Reporter 1.2.0

Here’s a summary of the changes to the new version of NTFS Permissions Reporter:

  • Option to only show each path once instead of repeating it for every permissions entry when exporting to Excel file
  • Option to show group members once in a separate sheet instead of repeating for every path when exporting to Excel file
  • Added “Relative Path” column to table view
  • Visible columns can now be selected by right clicking on the table view and clicking Select Columns
  • Fixed a bug that caused group members not to be shown for groups that contain objects that do not have a SID (such as Contacts)

These updates are mainly aimed at making reports exported to Excel file easier to read and manage. That second item (the option to show group members in a separate sheet in the Excel export) has been a commonly requested feature so hopefully makes a few people happy. Obviously this option only takes effect if you’ve selected to include group members in the report in the first place, but assuming you did then when you come to export the results just enable the option in the export window and you’ll then find that your Excel file has 2 sheets. On the main report results sheet you’ll no longer see the group members shown at all, so they won’t be repeated every time each group appears in the permissions lists. Instead, the group name will appear as a hyperlink and when you click it you’ll be taken to the location in the second sheet where that group’s membership list is shown (and of course each group’s membership is only listed once). If you’ve selected to include nested group membership then nested members will be included in each group’s membership list as well, so in that scenario its a good idea to include the “From Group” column in the export so that you can see which members are direct members and which came from nested groups.

 

Service Credentials Manager 2.0.0

This update introduces a completely redesigned GUI, here’s some comparisons of the old UI and the new one (click to enlarge):

Old GUI

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New GUI

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Hopefully you’ll agree the new layout makes more sense and I think the Ribbon menu works well for small applications like this.

As for the other changes in this update, they are as follows:

  • Progress results grid now has columns that show how many services/tasks have been found on each computer
  • An additional format of usernames will now automatically be searched for as well. So as well as DOMAIN\username and username@domain.local, the tool will also now find services set to run as domain.local\username
  • Option to exclude disabled services/tasks

 

AD Tidy 2.1.4

This update for AD Tidy is mainly to make a few performance optimisations and bug fixes available to everyone (previously these fixes/updates had just been given to people if they reported experiencing the problems that these updates fix). The updates include:

  • When deleting a user/computer account, accounts that have child objects within them will now be successfully deleted
  • Fixed a bug that caused the error “No domain controllers could be found in the domain” to appear when running automated rules where the option to query all domain controllers in the domain was used
  • When using the Delete Home Drive action, special folders in the user’s home drive (such as My Pictures, My Music etc) will now be deleted correctly instead of throwing an Access Denied error
  • Fixed a bug that caused the program to crash if you imported filter conditions from an existing filter and then tried to remove a condition that was in a sub group
  • Performance improvements when using a filter that filters on whether or not an account is disabled
  • Performance improvements for OU selection window when expanding OUs that contain a large number of objects

I’ll be releasing another update for AD Tidy in the not too distant future that adds the ability to specify a list of values for any filter condition (by using a new operator named “is in list”) and this will allow you to import the list from a text/csv file. So this enables you to do things like importing a list of account names that you want to exclude, a feature that has been requested by a few people.

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All of these updates are completely free to anyone already using the applications – to download them just go to Help –> Check For Updates, from within the applications themselves.

Thanks

Chris

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