About Power Search
The Power Search feature allows the user to perform search for specific permission(s) assigned in objects available in Active Directory domain. Based on the nature of usage in Active Directory, the permissions in this feature has been classified as stated below:
Permission type Permission description
General Basic set of permissions that is normally seen, when security tab is opened.
Special Special set of permissions with a broad control over objects.These permissions can be viewed in Advanced Security Settings for an AD object.
Special (Advanced) Detailed permissions that provides granular access/restrictions on objects. These permissions can be viewed in Advanced Security Settings for an AD object. The sub-categories that fall under this category are
                     1) Property-Specific permissions             -  Related to Active Directory object's properties. 
                     2) Creation/Deletion-Specific permissions -  Related to Active Directory objects.
Extended-Rights Extended rights are the additional rights that do not involve read/write access to individual object attributes. It refers to the permission for certain administrative actions on object attributes, such as changing a user’s password.
Common tasks This forms the list of permission tasks (similar to delegation) where in each task is equivalent to a set of permissions. Permissions through delegation may be searched under this classification of permissions.

Currently, the Power Search feature supports User, Group, Contact, Computer, Organizational Unit and Domain Controller objects in Active Directory.

The benefits of Power Search is as follows:
  • Permissions are classified on well-known standards for easy understanding by AD administrators.
  • Permissions are retrieved directly from domain controller's schema definition and shown for selection. Hence, any change to the AD schema will get reflected in reported permissions.
  • Ability to save the search for repeated use.
  • Can export and email the generated reports.
  • See also
    How to perform a new Power Search?
    How to manage Power Search reports?
    How to generate Power Search reports?