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Track Network File Changes

Posted on 2011-03-10
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We have a Windows Server 2003 file server that we have multiple network shares on.  These shares contain various Word, Excel, and other miscellaneous files.  I am wanting to determine if Windows Server has the built-in capability or if there is a free/cheap monitor program for tracking changes made on these shared files.  I would basically like a way to go back to say an Excel file and see who were the people that edited it over the course of a certain time period.
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by:KCTS
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Windows has auditing that can be enabled but I think this tool will be better suited to your needs http://helpdeskgeek.com/free-tools-review/track-changes-to-files-and-folders-using-dirmonitor/
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by:Felix Leven
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on server 2003 R2 you can use the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) to do a lot of diefferent reports on file usage.

Take a look:
http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Storage-Monitoring-Reporting.html 
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I have a Windows Server 2003 (non-R2) server.  I tried installing the DirMonitor utility as suggested in the first reply, but unfortunately it would not install on this server.  I kept getting an installation error.  Is R2 required for that utility as well?
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