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Unfortunately, even the Windows PowerShell v5 April 2015 preview contains only two cmdlets related to access control lists (ACLs), and they are pretty weak:
In today’s exercise, we’ll use Raimund Andrée’s File System Security PowerShell module to simplify NTFS permissions management. By using Windows PowerShell remoting and Raimund’s module, you can automate what is otherwise tedious, time-consuming manual work.
Begin by downloading Raimund’s module from the TechNet Script Center and unpacking the ZIP file to a folder named NTFSSecurity in your env:$PSModulePath location. By default, your PowerShell module path is:
Here’s a picture from my Windows 8.1 administrative workstation:
Make sure your PowerShell modules are stored in the proper location.
You’ll note that Raimund’s NTFSSecurity project is quite a bit more complex than other custom modules you might have seen, including several dynamic link libraries (DLLs) and such. More to the point, Raimund leverages the AlphaFS library to give him easier access to the .NET Framework’s NTFS access features.
The final preliminary ingredient we need here is a folder and some files to play with. I created a folder named dox in the root of drive C: and populated the folder with a subfolder and a bunch of dummy files. Look here:
We need some files to play with.
Okay—no more File Explorer. From now on, everything we do will be from an elevated Windows PowerShell console session, with a bit of Out-GridView thrown in for good measure. Let’s begin!