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Security Explorer 9.9.2 - User Guide

Getting Started with Security Explorer Managing permissions Searching Managing security Managing objects
Managing folders and files Managing shares Managing registry keys Managing services Managing tasks Managing groups and users Managing Favorites Managing Enterprise Scopes Updating licenses Managing network drives
Working with Microsoft SQL Server Working with Microsoft Exchange
Checking minimum requirements Viewing Exchange permissions Granting Exchange permissions Revoking Exchange permissions Cloning Exchange permissions Searching for Exchange server objects and permissions Backing up and restoring Exchange server security Modifying Exchange permissions Managing Exchange group memberships Exporting Exchange security permissions Creating Exchange databases Creating public folder mailboxes Managing Exchange administrators Managing Exchange distribution groups Managing mail contacts Managing mail users Managing mailboxes Managing mailbox folders Managing public folders Using role based access control Setting options for Exchange security
Working with Microsoft SharePoint Working with Access Explorer Working with Microsoft Active Directory Customizing Security Explorer Using the command line Using PowerShell cmdlets Troubleshooting

Getting Started with Security Explorer

Quest® Security Explorer® has a robust interface that adapts to the explorer module you select so you are able to focus on the task at hand. In this chapter, you will find information about the overall user interface, such as menus, icons, and adjusting the display.


Starting Security Explorer

Click Start, point to All Programs | Quest| Security Explorer, and choose Security Explorer.

The first time you open Security Explorer®, the Browse tab opens to display three panes. The Navigation pane on the left contains the tree from which you can drill down to objects on your system and the Security Explorer modules available to you. The Objects and Permissions panes are used to further drill down to view the permissions of objects.


Using the Navigation pane

The Navigation pane on the left contains the tree for the selected module. You can browse the tree and select an object. You can select objects from the local computer, or browse the Network Neighborhood or Active Directory®. You can also group objects into Favorites or Enterprise Scopes. See Managing Favorites and Managing Enterprise Scopes.

NOTE: NTFS Security only. If you select a network share for which you have no rights to read any resource in that network share, you are presented with a dialog to enter custom credentials. You can save the custom credentials to Windows® Credentials. If you do not save the custom credentials, Security Explorer® uses them until you log off.

The Navigation pane has five tabs.


Display the Home Page for the selected module. You can browse the tree and select tasks from the Home Page, Tool Bar, or Menu Bar.

NOTE: The Tasks tab is hidden by default. To view the Tasks tab, select View | Tasks tab.


Display the Browse tab where you can view the Navigation tree. Some options on the Tasks tab automatically open the Browse tab.


When displaying All Management Targets, the Reports tab lists reports available for all modules. You also can select a specific module and select reports from shortcut menus.


Create search criteria to locate specific permissions. Search becomes available when a module is selected. See Using the Browse tab to search.


Display status of current processes. The information is also available on the status bar, which is hidden by default. See Using the status bar.

Security Explorer is organized around modules: NTFS Security, Share Security, Registry Security, Printer Security, Service Security, Task Management, Group and User Management, SharePoint Security, SQL Server Security, Exchange Security, and Active Directory Security. For example, click the Share Security button to manage share permissions or click the Printer Security button to manage printer permissions.

Other components of the main window are optional and can be hidden from view. The Menu Bar and Tool Bar provide options and icons to perform functions in Security Explorer. The Loading Progress Bar displays the progress of loading permissions and allows you to stop the load if necessary.

Using the Objects pane

The Objects pane in the Browse tab displays the contents of the item selected in the Navigation pane. The path to the object displays in the Path box.

Go up one level in the tree displayed in the Navigation pane.


Go to the path displayed in the Path box.

SharePoint Security module only. Add the URL displayed in the Path box to the Favorites list.


Set the root node in the Navigation pane based on the path or URL displayed in the Path box.


Reset the path to the default selection.

Show All

NTFS Security module only. You can filter the list to show only folders or files, show both folders and files, or show no folders or files.

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