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File Permissions

Active Directory File Permissions Management

When it comes to sharing resources on a network the first and foremost  concern is who will have access to those resources and at what levels. Managing file servers in an active directory environment can be very tedious, and the fact that it has to be done one user  at a time makes it one of the most time consuming activities for a system administrator.

For example,  Say a new employee has joined the HR team in your organization. You will want to give him access to shared resources such as staff details, HR policies, company policies etc but at the same time giving him access to financial data is unnecessary and could lead to mislocation, tampering or misuse of data, as another instance you may never want to give a new employee a delete permission on any resource. Hence you need to put in place a few confinements in the level of access. You can do this by carefully defining the user’s access control entries.

Another aspect to consider apart from security is that while the availability of more options for hardware has certainly driven down storage and server costs, the cost of maintenance continues to rise steadily. The reasons for this span from more data being continually stored, to server outages or data corruption. These all point to lack of proper file server management and maintenance measures. ADManager Plus offers an efficient, one-stop solution to this problem with file server management and reporting capabilities for Active Directory as well as Isilon and NetApp servers.

The file server management feature in ADManager Plus empowers administrators to manage(i.e assign, modify, revoke) user’s NTFS and share permissions in bulk. All you have to do is choose the shared resource, and then scrutinize and define the access controls of users  based on their necessity. By using ADManager Plus File server management the Admin can :

  • Give users/groups access to required resources without security risk
  • Perform “Bulk modification” of permissions  
  • Efficiently discipline permissions on resources, thereby organizing the environment
  • Manage permissions on Active Directory, NetApp and Isilon file servers.
  • And all this from a simple, single and centralized window

ADManager Plus  offers four sections of operations in the file server management section, They are :

  • Modify NTFS permissions – to define action users can take on folders and files on the network and locally
  • Revoke NTFS permissions to revoke NTFS permissions
  • Modify share permissions- to determine what type of access others will have on the shared folder
  • Revoke Share permissions- to revoke share permissions

While modifying NTFS permissions, you can also list existing shared folder permissions on a specific folder. The option "copy from folder" makes modifying NTFS permissions even more effortless by letting you copy permissions on another folder and apply them on the desired folder. The option "preview" lists the permission changes so that you can verify them before they are updated.

The revoking section of operations come very handy in scenarios where an employee leaves the organization. The admin does not have to sit and break his head as to what permissions to revoke or on what shares the permissions have to be revoked and so on. All he has to do is choose the user account(say Bob) and under permissions choose any permission(in this case all permissions as the employee is leaving) and the type(deny). His job is done in no time with no mess.

You can even delegate file permissions management to any user with the help desk delegation feature of ADManager Plus. Furthermore, you can track permission changes of shared folders and file servers with the built-in audit reports. The technician and admin audit reports can be exported to CSV, PDF, HTML or Excel format, as needed.

In addition to this ADManager Plus also has reports on NTFS permissions configured on AD, NetApp and Isilon file servers. Reports such as Shares in the servers, permissions for folders, folders accessible by accounts and non-inheritable folders. These reports give immediate visibility into access controls in a comprehensive way and hence come handy to the admins. This immediate visibility into permissions can help them effectively enhance security.

Stay on top of permission and access management with ADManager Plus.

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