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Security Explorer

Microsoft server access control management from a single platform. Imagine having centralized access control management from a single platform. With Security Explorer®, you can manage access controls, permissions and security in real time across your various Microsoft platforms, including Active Directory (AD), Windows Server, Exchange Server, SharePoint Server and SQL Server — all from a single console.

Security Explorer® provides an array of security enhancements, including the ability to identify who has rights to resources across the entire organization. You can also grant, revoke, clone, modify and overwrite permissions quickly and from a central location.

  • Search Microsoft servers to see who has rights to resources enterprise-wide
  • Manage permissions across Microsoft servers from a central, unified console
  • Back up, baseline and restore security and permissions, all while retaining data integrity
  • Report on who has access to what to streamline security audits
Overview of Security Explorer 04:21


Enterprise–wide rights review

Having centralized access control management allows you to instantly see who has access to what in real time across Microsoft servers. Search for explicit or inherited permissions in AD, on file servers, Exchange server, SQL Server and SharePoint. Even search for permissions to services, tasks, users and groups. Security Explorer’s single console eliminates the need to manually search each server for permissions.

Centralized permissions management

Make targeted or bulk changes to servers with the ability to grant, revoke or modify permissions. View and manage group membership settings directly in the access control list for a resource. Overcome access-denied errors by forcing permissions onto protected objects. Security Explorer enables you to lock down permissions faster and easier.

Enterprise Reporter Suite integration

With Security Reporter’s access control management capabilities, you can quickly take remediation action from within the Quest Enterprise Reporter user interface to modify or remove any inappropriate permissions. Enterprise Reporter Suite paired with Security Explorer combines the reporting and remediation capabilities you need to facilitate security and compliance initiatives, enabling you to stay ahead of security vulnerabilities to prevent breaches.

Advanced security and permissions

Back up and restore permissions, without having to restore data, to easily baseline access controls and revert to that baseline at any time. Recover from accidental or malicious changes, and ensure that compliance requirements are enforced.

Complete reporting

The access control management capabilities in Security Reporter allow you export a database or spreadsheet listing the permissions on items anywhere in the directory tree. Filter results to show only permissions that differ from the parent folder when exporting permissions. Perform targeted searches for all locations that a particular group or user has access across the network and export this data to create ad-hoc security reports.

Intuitive access controls

Migrate access controls, and to clean up access post migration. Because Security Explorer can back up and restore security settings to an alternate location, you can be sure that necessary access is in place on the new server(s). This shortens migrations and provides a smooth post-migration user experience.


Active Directory
Exchange Security
SQL Server Security
SharePoint Security
Access control management overview


Use a single console to manage permissions in Windows environments.



Pentium 600MHz or faster

Operating systems

Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016

Disk Space


Memory (RAM)


Software requirements

.Net Framework v.4.0 or later

NOTE: Install either the Full or Standalone version. Do not install just the Client Profile.

SQL Security

SQL Server 2019, SQL Server® 2017, SQL Server 2017 Reporting Services, SQL Server 2016, SQL Server 2014, SQL Server 2012

SharePoint Security

SharePoint 2019, SharePoint® 2016, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint Foundation

Exchange Security

Exchange 2019, Exchange 2016, Exchange 2013, Exchange 2010

Active Directory Security

Windows Server 2019, Windows Server® 2016 Functional Level, Windows Server 2012 R2 Functional Level, Windows Server 2012 Functional Level

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