How do I track and log file access? Preferably in the Windows event viewer.

We have a windows 2003 server providing access to files and folder shares, but is not a true "file server." One of our biggest clients expects us to provide logs showing when a file was opened, and or modified. No more than 10 files will be accessed in a month, somewhare around 50 file stored.

These logs need to be available to the client for at least 6, months preferably a year. I don't care if it's done via the event viewer or what, but the more autmated, of course the better. This will be one folder within a share with several other folders that do not need to be monitored.

Thanks! Brian
John BabbittSystems AdministratorAsked:
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Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:

This is step by step guide how to configure object access auditing, it is written for XP, but will work on Windows 2003 Server also. If your server is part of domain, ti would be better to use Group Policy instead of Local policy.

"How to audit user access of files, folders, and printers in Windows XP"


toniur's comment worked perfect for me.  Now I can track all use of files and folders on the shares of my server.
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