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Basically, I want to be able to search for folders a specific user or security group has access to using Windows Search, but I'm unsure if there is such a metadata attribute that can be used, e.g. permissions:[user] (which, obviously, doesn't work)

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Whilst this is not exactly 'searching' for ACLs there are ways of displaying this information. One option would be to use DumpSec from Somasoft.

Another would be to write a batch file calling the internal Windows command 'Cacls':

http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-1050976.html

Or alternatively create a script in Powershell for the same purpose:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/archive/2008/04/15/how-can-i-use-windows-powershell-to-determine-the-owner-of-a-file.aspx

http://powershellcommunity.org/Forums/tabid/54/aff/14/aft/2724/afv/topic/Default.aspx

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Got what I needed using the Get-Acls command in Powershell, thanks for the tip! –  sw1 Jun 8 '10 at 17:45
    
Now Windows 8 has the ICACLS command: ICACLS name /findsid Sid [/T] [/C] [/L] [/Q] finds all matching names that contain an ACL explicitly mentioning Sid. –  Chloe Mar 7 '13 at 22:55

No, you can only list a directory and find out it's attributes that way.

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