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Security Log analysis / reporting tools

Posted on 2006-04-24
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Last Modified: 2013-12-04
I have a Windows SBS 2003 server and would like to track user activity (such as read, create, modify on dirs & files) using the SACL of AD. Enabling an audit of directory service access writes all events to the security log. Going through this info is time-consuming and a real nightmare!

I am after a tool which does this for me so that I can query and report the security log i.e. which user last had access to file1 or which files has user1 last edited/accessed.

any ideas?
Question by:omb
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JammyPak earned 90 total points
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Note that enabling auditing of "Directory Service Access" is NOT auditing access to files and directories - it's actually auditing access to the Active Directory database.

You want to enable "Audit Object Access" - that will allow you to go into the properties of a directory, and turn on auditing and select for which users/groups to audit.

After that, you should start seeing data in the security log. To query it, look at MS Log Parser:

Here's an article on using it to parse IIS logs (not exactly what you want, but might be interesting)

Here's an overview of the different security log event IDs you'll see:


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Thanks for the clarification. I have now enabled "Audit Object Access" and specified which dirs I would like audited. Now, lots of events are being written to my security log.

I have checked out MS Log Parser... looks OK but I would prefer a GUI-based program. Any ideas of other software with a nice graphical interface which could analyse and report on the security log events?

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by:Rich Rumble
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GFI's SELM is great, but cost money: http://www.gfi.com/lanselm/
And yes you should turn up the logging if your using the default that the OS uses out of the box.

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