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New Inspector - Windows File Server Inspector

Capture file shares, permission structure, and allow for tracking of changes over time.

  • Matt Miller
  • May 31 2019
  • Reviewed - Candidate for Implementing
Last Reviewed Date 2021-02-11
  • Jul 1, 2020

    Admin response

    Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on this idea!

    We agree that this is a significant need for MSPs. We are in the process of evaluating the data that we would pull back in an inspector like this and the amount of data that it might bring back. There are some challenges in pulling back the amount of data that might be necessary to serve some of the use cases that we have discussed with our partners, but we are evaluating those challenges and where this inspector will fall on our roadmap.

    It would be very helpful to hear any other comments or feedback on key use cases for this inspector to build it to your specific needs. We appreciate your input and your patience on larger ideas like this one!

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  • Will McCarty commented
    17 Dec, 2020 07:38pm

    It would be useful to be able to click a button somewhere and download a report that would give a tree structured report with all user/groups by share. We have a customer who has over the years and many adds/moves/changes now has a complicated mess of their shares and it needs to be reconciled and re-aligned.

  • Guest commented
    11 Dec, 2020 02:00pm

    Would also be good to have a table which included folders with broken inheritance.

  • Michael Hatalla commented
    19 Nov, 2020 05:58pm

    Agreed, Folder shares, NTFS & Share permissions and what users/security Groups have access to each share

  • Michael Hatalla commented
    29 Oct, 2020 03:09pm

    I would like to add DFS monitoring to this thread. Not sure if this should be broken out into a separate request?

    But having active monitoring on DFS replication and changes in DFS permissions would be great.

    Also Adds and Deletions in DFS Namespace would be good

  • Derek Davis commented
    13 Oct, 2020 03:58pm

    I think a very simple list of Folder Shares -> NTFS and Share Permissions Granted would be a great start ...

  • Curtis Duck commented
    22 Jun, 2020 09:53pm

    Would be very usefule to track changes to Security and Share Permissions of a Windows File Share.

  • Allan Morris commented
    4 Dec, 2019 12:06am

    This would be a great feature especially if you can export it to pdf / csv.    I could then give it to the client to confirm permissions more easily with them. 

    would also like it to be able to scan a subnet and pull shares that way. 

  • Seth Morgan commented
    30 Oct, 2019 12:46pm

    Last modified, creator, owner - in addition to share and local permissions help significantly with various scenarios. Whether it is remediation of a data-loss/overwrite issue, planning a server/data migration (server to server, file-share to Sharepoint, etc.), or confirming data compliance controls are being followed - this information would streamline a lot of that.

  • Stephen Moody commented
    29 Oct, 2019 11:29pm

    The key for it being useful for us is going to be presenting it in a way where we can immediately find the root-level ACLs for the share and any inheritance exceptions (either added security principals or disabled inheritance on subfolders). The NTFS Owner attribute might also be helpful to have but less essential for us.

    In addition to an inspector, the ability to tie actionable alerts to this would be indispensable as a key use case would be getting notified if permissions change in any way on a sensitive share location.

  • Kyle Forward commented
    5 Sep, 2019 01:01pm

    It would be nice to have the ability to select a file/folder and choose what to monitor such as:

    Add, change, delete, permissions, etc. 

  • Andy Porter commented
    31 Jul, 2019 03:51pm

    This is a really good suggestion, we also like to keep track of client shares, permissions, what security groups have access to what shares. This is currently done manually, so if Roar can automate it, then it wold save us hours of time.

  • Nathan Cane commented
    13 Jun, 2019 04:31am

    This would be a nice feature.  We like to keep track of client shares, permissions and with certain clients review this with them.  If the permission structure could report on what users/groups have access to certain shares, then get change notifications when that happens would be great.

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