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How can i track changes in an sql server 2005 database?

For example, if I wanted to know the inserts,deletes and edits(original and after) that occurred in a certain day- how can i do that?
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Question by:NormanMaina
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The easiest way: create a datetime field in the table with default value to GETDATE(). So in each record saved, you will have the date and time it has been saved.

But that doesn't work for deletes, of course, because the deleted record is no longer in the database. For that case a good option is to use a Trigger for delete and track the date and time and the unique ID of the deleted record in another table.

If you want to know more about triggers, check this:
http://www.codeproject.com/KB/database/TriggersSqlServer.aspx

Hope that helps.
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create triggers to farm the data off to a data warehouse for the data that you are interested in.
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In SQL Server 2008 there is CDC which i have included a link for, but i see you are using SQL Server 2005.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb522489(v=SQL.100).aspx

With SQL Server 2005 you will have to create triggers to insert the data into an audit table.
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