How to Analyse Active Directory Nested Group NTFS Share Permission

How to Analyse Active Directory Nested Group NTFS Share Permission. Do you have problems with NTFS permissions, and you’re tired of going through windows explorer and checking the permissions and correcting it?

There is a tool that can help you with this. Also, you can perform an audit on Active Directory Nested Group’s NTFS and Share Permission Issues.

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How to Analyse Active Directory Nested Group NTFS Share Permission

SolarWinds has a Free Tool,Permissions Analyzer for Active Directory,” which allows us to determine effective NTFS permissions and shares. SolarWinds Free Permission Analyzer tool can assess the NTFS and Share permissions assigned via Active Directory nested groups.

Free Permissions Analyzer – Active Directory Nested Group NTFS

The installation of this tool takes only 2 minutes. Download the Free Permissions Analyzer Tool. The advantage is that we can run this tool remotely to check the NTFS permissions. You don’t need to log in to each server to check the share and security (NTFS) permissions. Just provide the UNC path of the share, and the tool will provide you with output in a very easily understandable way. This graphical representation helps to understand the issues and resolve them.

How to Analyse Active Directory Nested Group NTFS Share Permission
Analyzer – Active Directory Nested Group NTFS

The output will be in the following form:- Permission Name, Inherited permission or not, NTFS, Share, and Total. When a user reports a problem accessing a network share, we would like to check whether the user has the appropriate NTFS and share permissions. Windows explorer is the way to assess the problem. However, if you’re supporting an organization with a large number of users and the servers are located in different Data Centers, then it’s straightforward to connect to each server and check the NTFS permissions from Windows Explorer. To view the effective NTFS permissions for a particular user or group, click “Advanced” in the Security properties and then click “Effective Permissions.”

More details about the tool are available once you install “SolarWindsPermissionsAnalyzerTool.MSI” on your workstation.  Look for the PermissionsAnalyzer.htm file. This file will have all the requirements and recommendations and how to use steps etc.

Also, there is always confusion within IT pros as, what is the difference between NTFS and Share permissions in a shared folder. NTFS is the permission that provides access ( read, write, amend, etc.) to users or Active Directory groups.

However, the share is just shared permission. The user can see that share but won’t access the content if they do not have proper NTFS permissions.


Anoop is Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management with over 17 years of experience (calculation done in 2018). He is Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc…..…

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