How to generate and export NTFS permissions report with PowerShell scripts?

Read on to know how to list and export NTFS permissions with PowerShell scripts in Active Directory (AD) and how you can get it done easily with ADManager Plus.

Windows PowerShell

Steps to generate NTFS permissions Report using powershell:

  • Identify the domain for which the NTFS permissions report is to be obtained.
  • Create and compile the script for obtaining NTFS report. Execute the script in PowerShell.
  • Sample script for obtaining the NTFS report:
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    $OutFile = "D:\Temp\Permissions1.csv" #Output file location $Header = "Folder Path,IdentityReference,AccessControlType,IsInherited,InheritanceFlags,PropagationFlags" $FileExist = Test-Path $OutFile If ($FileExist -eq $True) {Del $OutFile} Add-Content -Value $Header -Path $OutFile $RootPath = "\\FileServer\share" #share path $Folders = dir $RootPath -recurse | where {$_.psiscontainer -eq $true} foreach ($Folder in $Folders){ $ACLs = get-acl $Folder.fullname | ForEach-Object { $_.Access } Foreach ($ACL in $ACLs){ $OutInfo = $Folder.Fullname + "," + $ACL.IdentityReference + "," + $ACL.AccessControlType + "," + $ACL.IsInherited + "," + $ACL.InheritanceFlags + "," + $ACL.PropagationFlags Add-Content -Value $OutInfo -Path $OutFile }}
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  • To generate the report for another folder, you will have to write another script.

ADManager Plus

To obtain NTFS permissions Report :

  • Navigate to Reports > NTFS Reports > Permissions for folders.
  • Select the Domain, the Resource Path for which you wish to generate the NTFS report for. Then click Generate.
  • You can even export the reports as CSV, PDF, XLSX or HTML.


NTFS Permissions Report in ADManager Plus

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Although generating NTFS reports with native tools like PowerShell looks simple, it comes with a few limitations:

  • PowerShell script can be run only from the computers which have the Active Directory Domain Services role installed in them.
  • The script has to be rewritten if report has to be generated for a different folder.
  • Need for a new script, in case the report needs to be exported.
  • The syntax, parameters and iterations need to be correct. A typo or incorrect syntax might be difficult to spot and rectify, especially when the script is a long one.

ADManager Plus lets you perform the same with a few clicks from its web based GUI console. It also has options for scheduling and automatically emailing the reports. Learn more about it here.

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