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Windows Auditing and Permissions Solutions

Microsoft Windows file servers and NAS devices like EMC Celerra and NetApp filers present significant challenges to Windows administrators. Permissions management, access auditing, data owner identification, and protecting sensitive data now require automation—there are simply too many files, folders, ACLs, and groups in Active Directory to continue managing all of them manually.


The Challenge

Microsoft Windows file servers, including NAS devices like EMC Celerra and NetApp filers, present significant management and protection challenges to Windows administrators:

  • Permissions: Determining who has access to a folder, which folders a user or group has access to, and identifying excess, unneeded permissions.
  • Access Auditing: IT can't answer pressing questions like, "Who accessed or deleted my data?"
  • Data Ownership: IT can't reliably identify business owners of shares and folders.
  • Operational: Manual permissions and group changes are unreliable.
  • High Risks: Stale, excess permissions are rarely revoked. The "Everyone" group is out there—a problem that is hard to find and fix. Critical files and folders are exposed.

The Varonis Solution

Varonis® DatAdvantage® addresses these challenges by aggregating Active Directory user and group details, ACL information and all data access events—without requiring native OS auditing—to build a complete picture of who can and who is accessing data, and who should have their access revoked. It also leads IT to rightful data owners, so the right people can ensure appropriate access and usage. With the Varonis Data Classification Framework, IT can immediately identify folders with excessive permissions that contain quantities of sensitive data.

Features & Benefits


  • Complete, bi-directional view into the permissions structure of unstructured and semi-structured file systems
  • Complete Audit Trail
  • Recommendations and Modeling
  • Data Ownership Identification
  • Extensible Framework


  • See who has permissions to shared folders – both NTFS and share permissions are displayed, organized, and aggregated
  • See which data a user or group can access
  • Audit and report on every file touch
  • See who should and should not have access, and simulate changes without affecting production environments
  • Quickly and accurately identify files that contain sensitive information with the Varonis IDU Classification Framework
  • Identify data owners and involve them in management and protection through automation

Why Varonis

Data protection is necessary to safeguard an organization's customers, employees, business partners, and investors. It is fundamental in securing an organization's intellectual property and competitive edge, and for maintaining the organizational trust required for it to properly function. Ongoing, scalable data protection and management require technology designed to handle an ever-increasing volume and complexity—a metadata framework.

The Varonis Metadata Framework non-intrusively collects this critical metadata, generates metadata where existing metadata is lacking (e.g. its file system filters and content inspection technologies), pre-processes it, normalizes it, analyzes it, stores it, and presents it to IT administrators in an interactive, dynamic interface. Once data owners are identified, they are empowered to make informed authorization and permissions maintenance decisions through a configurable web-based interface—that are then executed—with no IT overhead or manual backend processes.

Return on Investment

Management Activity

Perform Data Protection Activities up to 30 Times Faster

Active vs. Stale

Reduce Storage Costs by up to 35%


30-Day Trial

Our 30-Day Free Trial provides a full audit of your file system or your SharePoint environment. Audit permissions, auditing access, usage statistics, recommendations, impact analysis, and identification of business owners.

Within hours of installation

You can instantly conduct a permissions audit: File and folder access permissions and how those map to specific users and groups. You can even generate reports.

Within a day of installation

Varonis® DatAdvantage® will begin to show you which users are accessing the data, and how.

Within 3 weeks of installation

Varonis® DatAdvantage® will actually make highly reliable recommendations about how to limit access to files and folders to just those users who need it for their jobs.

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