Click here to Skip to main content
Click here to Skip to main content
Go to top

VBScript Recursive ACL List

, 20 Sep 2005
Rate this:
Please Sign up or sign in to vote.
List a directory and its subdirectories' access control list.

Quick and easy ACL printout

This is a VBScript which will list the ACL for all subdirectories in the directory you specify. Many businesses like to have a paper record of security settings for disaster recovery but no built in tool in Windows will print the ACLs of multiple directories at a time and the alternatives like "pracl" are fairly expensive.

It's quite a pain with anything but the most simple directory structure to manually print them so I took the "VBScript directory crawler" and modified it to launch cacls to display the ACL information for the directory and all subdirectories.

Obviously, to put this output into a file you just execute "cscript listacl.vbs > acl.txt".

The code

'    ListACL.vbs
'    ACL Modifications by CyberneticWraith, 2005
'    Changed it to display ACL information for folders
'    Uses "cacls.exe"
'    Run with cscript!
'
'
'    IndexScripts()
'
'
'    Written by Keep Bertha Surfin Heavy Industries,
'    a division of Keep Bertha Surfin Electrical Concern
'    Version 1.0 - KeepBerthaSurfin@Hotmail.com
'

' First thing, check the argument list for a directory.
' If they didn't specify one, use the current directory.

option explicit

' Run the function :)
call IndexScripts


sub IndexScripts()

    dim fso
    set fso = createobject("scripting.filesystemobject")

    dim loc
    if WScript.Arguments.Count = 0 then
        loc = fso.GetAbsolutePathName(".")
    else
        loc = WScript.Arguments(0)
    end if

    GetWorkingFolder loc, 0, 1, "|"

    set fso = nothing
    
End Sub


' called recursively to get a folder to work in
function GetWorkingFolder(foldspec, foldcount, _
                                   firsttime, spacer)

    Dim objShell,oExec
    Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    
    dim fso
    Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

    dim fold
    set fold = fso.GetFolder(foldspec)
    
    dim foldcol
    set foldcol = fold.SubFolders
    
    'do the first folder stuff
    if firsttime = 1 then
        wscript.echo fold.path
        
        foldcount = foldcol.count
        firsttime = 0
    end if
    
    dim remaincount
    remaincount = foldcol.count
    
    'do the subfolder stuff
    dim sf
    for each sf in foldcol
                
        'execute cacls to display ACL information
        Set oExec = _
          objShell.Exec("cacls " & chr(34) & sf.path & chr(34))
        
        Do While Not oExec.StdOut.AtEndOfStream
             str = oExec.StdOut.ReadAll
             Dim str
             Wscript.StdOut.WriteLine str
        Loop
        
        set oExec = nothing
        
        remaincount = GetWorkingFolder (foldspec +"\"+sf.name, _
                                   remaincount, firsttime, spacer)
    
    next 
    
    'clean up
    set fso = nothing
    
    GetWorkingFolder = foldcount - 1

end function

License

This article has no explicit license attached to it but may contain usage terms in the article text or the download files themselves. If in doubt please contact the author via the discussion board below.

A list of licenses authors might use can be found here

Share

About the Author

cyberneticwraith
Web Developer
United States United States
No Biography provided

Comments and Discussions

 
Generalone more better way. Pinmemberanand choubey9-Apr-09 10:39 
GeneralSystem Volume Information PinmemberSamKost30-Apr-08 11:02 
Generalvb script: open a folder & list its files Pinmemberhitthelink21-Mar-07 2:28 
QuestionACL list of Registry Keys PinmemberGTS202016-Oct-06 2:06 
GeneralBy User PinmemberFluid Dynamics Software3-Mar-06 4:21 
GeneralRe: By User Pinmembercyberneticwraith3-Mar-06 5:06 
Questiongetting Error PinsussAnonymous28-Sep-05 2:49 
AnswerRe: getting Error Pinmembercyberneticwraith5-Oct-05 5:50 
AnswerRe: getting Error PinmemberMichael Weyant30-Oct-05 20:51 
GeneralNice... Pinmemberjalbitz27-Sep-05 3:42 
GeneralRe: Nice... Pinmembercyberneticwraith27-Sep-05 7:55 

General General    News News    Suggestion Suggestion    Question Question    Bug Bug    Answer Answer    Joke Joke    Rant Rant    Admin Admin   

Use Ctrl+Left/Right to switch messages, Ctrl+Up/Down to switch threads, Ctrl+Shift+Left/Right to switch pages.

| Advertise | Privacy | Mobile
Web03 | 2.8.140921.1 | Last Updated 20 Sep 2005
Article Copyright 2005 by cyberneticwraith
Everything else Copyright © CodeProject, 1999-2014
Terms of Service
Layout: fixed | fluid