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AD ACL Scanner (Script)


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This package was approved by moderator gep13 on 7/15/2019.


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Screenshot of AD ACL Scanner


It has the following features:

  • View HTML reports of DACLs/SACLs and save it to disk.
  • Export DACLs/SACLs on Active Directory objects in a CSV format.
  • Connect and browse you default domain, schema , configuration or a naming context defined by distinguishedname.
  • Browse naming context by clicking you way around, either by OU’s or all types of objects.
  • Report only explicitly assigned DACLs/SACLs.
  • Report on OUs , OUs and Container Objects or all object types.
  • Filter DACLs/SACLs for a specific access type.. Where does “Deny” permission exists?
  • Filter DACLs/SACLs for a specific identity. Where does "Domain\Client Admins" have explicit access? Or use wildcards like "jdoe".
  • Filter DACLs/SACLs for permission on specific object. Where are permissions set on computer objects?
  • Skip default permissions (defaultSecurityDescriptor) in report. Makes it easier to find custom permissions.
  • Report owner of object.
  • Compare previous results with the current configuration and see the differences by color scheme (Green=matching permissions, Yellow= new permissions, Red= missing permissions).
  • Report when permissions were modified
  • Can use AD replication metadata when comparing.
  • Can convert a previously created CSV file to a HTML report.
  • Effective rights, select a security principal and match it agains the permissions in AD.
  • Color coded permissions based on criticality when using effective rights scan.
  • List you domains and select one from the list.
  • Get the size of the security descriptor (bytes).
  • Rerporting on disabled inheritance .
  • Get all inherited permissions in report.
  • HTLM reports contain headers.
  • Summary of criticality for all report types.
  • Refresh Nodes by right-click container object.
  • Exclude of objects from report by matching string to distinguishedName
  • You can take a CSV file from one domain and use it for another. With replacing the old DN with the current domains you can resuse reports between domains. You can also replace the (Short domain name)Netbios name security principals.
  • Reporting on modified default security descriptors in Schema.
  • Verifying the format of the CSV files used in convert and compare functions.
  • When compairing with CSV file Nodes missing in AD will be reported as "Node does not exist in AD"
  • The progress bar can be disabled to gain speed in creating reports.
  • If the fist node in the CSV file used for compairing can't be connected the scan will stop.
  • Display group members in groups in the HTLM report.
  • Present the value of the true SDDL in NTsecurityDescriptor, bypassing Object-Specific ACE merge done when a new instance of the ObjectSecurity class is initialized.

System requirements

  • Powershell 2.0 or above
  • PowerShell using a single-threaded apartment
  • Some functions requires Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.0


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To install AD ACL Scanner (Script), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install ad-acl-scanner

To upgrade AD ACL Scanner (Script), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade ad-acl-scanner


  • tools\chocolateyuninstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'
    $packageName  = 'ad-acl-scanner'
    $shortcutName = 'AD ACL Scanner' 
    Remove-Item "$ENV:USERPROFILE\Desktop\$shortcutName.lnk" -Force -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
  • tools\chocolateyinstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'
    $packageName  = 'ad-acl-scanner' 
    $toolsDir     = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
    $url          = ''
    $checksum     = '7DA94C5C41771938FC30D86C1DF2DB5EFCF465B3BD75BE22BADA4949F32108A4'
    $fileName     = 'ADACLScan.ps1'
    $shortcutName = 'AD ACL Scanner' 
    $FileFullpath = "$toolsDir\$fileName"
    $packageArgs = @{
      packageName   = $packageName
      fileType      = ''
      url           = $url
      FileFullPath  = $FileFullpath
      checksum      = $checksum
      checksumType  = 'sha256'
    Get-ChocolateyWebFile @packageArgs
    Install-ChocolateyShortcut -shortcutFilePath "$ENV:USERPROFILE\Desktop\$shortcutName.lnk" -targetPath $FileFullpath -WorkingDirectory "$toolsDir"

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Robin Granberg


Release Notes

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
AD ACL Scanner (Script) 5.6.2 86 Friday, April 5, 2019 approved
AD ACL Scanner (Script) 5.6.1 125 Wednesday, January 2, 2019 approved
AD ACL Scanner (Script) 5.6 223 Friday, April 6, 2018 approved
AD ACL Scanner (Script) 5.5 239 Sunday, November 26, 2017 approved
AD ACL Scanner (Script) 5.4.4 235 Friday, September 22, 2017 approved
AD ACL Scanner (Script) 5.4.3 208 Friday, September 1, 2017 approved

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