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I need to know the last user to access or change an MS DB without opening it.  TreeSize is an excellent tool, but only tells me last access date and owner name.  
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by:lnkevin
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What is MS DB? MS Access or SQL?
How does user access to the DB? from an application or directly?
Would folder audit help? or some tool like this:
http://www.apexsql.com/sql_tools_audit.asp

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Access.  Looks like this tool is for SQL and costs dollas =(
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It it's Access, set folder audit to see who is accessing to the folder that contain DB file. It will not cost you a cent.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc784387.aspx

You want to set local security setting as the following on your server:
Local Security Setting --> Local Policies --> Audit Policy --> Audit account login event --> Check Failure option only
Check your Event Viewer Security Logs for the audit result

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by:moransa
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That would work, but I need to see historical access.  Some of these DBs are rarely used, so if I did this, I'd have to wait for the users to hit it again, could be months.  
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Yep, the set up is good for the future since there is nothing has set in the past. This theory is applied to all software means you have to set it up before audit it. Here is another link that has a clearer instruction same as the above in snapshot image:
http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-5034308.html

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Right, but I need something that will tell me the last access.  Going forward might be an option, but I need to know who has already accessed it.  
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by:BMPTS
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look at your security logs on the server \ hosting machine.  this will tell you who had privileged access (if you are auditing privileged access). cross reference to the date modified.  If you are not auditing those type of events, then turn it on and wait for access again.
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This was the answer, now I just have to wait for them to take the bait.  
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