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User File Copy Monitoring

Posted on 2011-03-08
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I've been asked to monitor user file copies for a specific folder on one of our Windows 2003 R2 File Servers.  I've enabled Object Access for this folder and files but I believe the security log doesn't seem to explain what the object access is, just that it was accessed (see attachment).

Are there any Windows tools that can monitor user file server copies?  Also, being notified when a copy is taking place would be a nice addition.  If not, any recommended third party tools?

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by:Rich Rumble
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As far as I know, there is no possible way to monitor file copies. You can make assumptions, but all you can monitor is access to a file or directory.
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/sag_evmonevents_17.mspx?mfr=true
Those are the only messages it's possible to get out of file and directory monitoring. You would have to have file and directory monitoring turned on every file and folder in your network to be able to make the conclusion that a file was copied from one location to another, however that is not fool proof as a file can be copied/uploaded to a services like gmail/hotmail/dropbox etc... and windows will know nothing about it, just that the monitored file was accessed and by whom.
2008 seems to have added some additional features, I have not checked out
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd560628%28WS.10%29.aspx
But I don't think much has changed.
-rich
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I'm going to look into some third party tools.
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No replies so I'll research third party tools
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