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Enterprise Permissions Reporter

by NETsec GmbH & Co.KG

If you are an administrator in an Active Directory environment then I'm sure you want to know what's happening in your environment. That means being able to audit changes to things like NTFS permissions on shared folders and files, membership in security groups, and permissions on objects in Active Directory. If you only have the in-box tools on the Windows Server platform, you're limited to either monitoring these things manually or writing custom scripts to gather the information you need. What would help is an auditing solution that can automatically generate reports when such changes occur so you can easily track them to know what's happening in your environment.

If you think this isn't important, consider the fact that about half of the requests received by the helpdesk staff at most large organizations involve some problem associated with permissions. "I'm supposed to review the budget but I can't access the share" is an example of a typical call received by helpdesk almost each and every day. How does one resolve such matters? The problem could be due to the user's account not having been added to the appropriate security group in Active Directory. Or it might be because of insufficient NTFS permissions having been assigned to a folder or file. Or maybe there's a problem with the permissions on some Active Directory object. Regardless of the cause, you'll need a good auditing tool that provides easy-to-understand reports if you want to be able to quickly track down and resolve the problem.

NETsec Enterprise Permission Reporter (EPR) addresses exactly these needs and more. EPR lets you generate reports for file system permissions, security group memberships, and Active Directory permissions. EPR reports can be generated either manually as they are needed, or automatically when specific changes occur in your environment. Reports can also be scheduled for creation on a recurring basis, sorted and filtered to display only the information needed, and exported as CSV files so they can be imported into Microsoft Excel for analysis.

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