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Security Explorer delivers a unified solution for complete access control and security management across your entire Windows network.


You can back up, recover, manage, search, migrate and report on permissions for Windows Server, Exchange Server, SharePoint Server and SQL Server—all from a common graphical user interface.

Moreover, Security Explorer enhances the management of Windows Server 2012 Dynamic Access Control by enabling you to add, remove, modify, back up, restore, copy and paste permissions that include conditional expressions.



  • Manage – Don’t open a dozen Windows Explorer windows to manage permissions. Security Explorer enables you to grant, revoke, modify and clone permissions, including those applied with Windows Server 2012 Dynamic Access Control – all from a single, easy-to-use console. You don’t have to worry about changing permissions for individual resources because you can modify permissions at the server level from a single solution. You can force permissions onto protected objects in order to overcome “access denied” errors, and delegate administrative responsibilities for different Microsoft technologies using role-based access management.
  • Search – Quickly find “who has access to what.” With Security Explorer, you can easily locate over-privileged users and identify users who should have access but don’t. You can search for permissions by group membership, resources and claim types. You can even search for permissions that were created with Dynamic Access Control.
  • Recover – Back up and recover permissions, including those applied with Windows Server 2012 Dynamic Access Control, without affecting the data those permissions apply to. Data remains available, servers remain online, and users remain productive. You can create access control baselines and reinvent them at any time, as well as easily roll back accidental or malicious changes to ensure that you remain compliant. You can even restore permissions to the same resources on another server or location, making migrations and troubleshooting fast, effective and error-free.
  • Report – Create ad-hoc security reports to facilitate auditing or troubleshooting. Security Explorer enables you to export search results (such as a list of permissions on items anywhere in the Windows server) to a database or spreadsheet, so you can meet almost any requirement. Security Explorer also includes a variety of built-in reports that enable you to easily review permissions assignments, group memberships, permissions applied with Windows Server 2012 Dynamic Access Control, and more. For example, you can produce a complete list of everything a user has permission to – even through group membership – or show only permissions that differ from a parent folder.


  • Migrate – Keep security permissions intact by migrating permissions whenever you move resources. With Security Explorer, you can compare migrated passwords to a backup baseline to ensure accuracy after a migration. You can find all resources to which a user or group has permissions, and transfer that access to another user with the same needs. And you can update account settings and passwords for services and tasks across the network.


System Requirements

Important: The minimum system requirements listed are for the computer on which Security Explorer is installed. Security Explorer can only be used to manage permissions on other computers that have Microsoft Windows as an operating system.

Processor Pentium 600MHz or faster
Operating Systems
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2003 R2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft.NET Framework 4.0 or higher Note: Install either the Full or Standalone version. Do not install just the Client Profile
Disk Space 50 MB
Memory (RAM) 256 MB
Screen Resolution 1024 x 768

Supported Versions of…

  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
  • Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2013
  • SharePoint Foundation 2010
SQL Server
  • SQL Server 2005
  • SQL Server Express 2005
  • SQL Server 2008
  • SQL Server 2008 R2

Datacenter and Standard Editions are also supported, as well as 64- and 32-bit variants

Exchange Server
  • Microsoft Exchange 2003
  • Microsoft Exchange 2007
  • Microsoft Exchange 2010
  • Microsoft Exchange 2013
  • Mixture of Microsoft Exchange Servers

Microsoft products no longer supported

  • Microsoft SQL 2000
  • Microsoft Exchange 2000
  • Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine (MSDE)

For more information please refer to the “Minimum System Requirements” section in the Security Explorer Installation Guide.

User Privilege Requirements

To start Security Explorer, a user must be a member of the local Administrators, otherwise errors messages display.

For more information please refer to the “Minimum System Requirements” section in the Security Explorer Installation Guide.



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