Microsoft SQL server 2005 auditing

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Kevin CrossChief Technology OfficerCommented:
Here is a good one from Tim Chapman:
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/audit-data-using-sql-server-2005s-columnsupdated-function/6175865

It explains the UPDATE() functions usage in SQL 2005 auditing triggers.

If you meant something different, please explain and I or another Expert will try to explain further.

Kevin
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Cha1tuAuthor Commented:
Thanks for replay.

Can you please give Step by Step proceses for SQL SERVER 2005 Auditing
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Kevin CrossChief Technology OfficerCommented:
What is your definition of Auditing so that we are on the same page?  

Also, so I know your experience level already, have you read Tim's article?  It goes through setting up an audit table and trigger on original table to fill the audit table; therfore, just need to know what steps beyond that you are having difficulty with?
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Kevin CrossChief Technology OfficerCommented:
If you are looking to Audit changes in table data as I suspected, then you would:

+create audit table to track information.
+create trigger on table(s) you wish to audit and insert records into table from step 1.

You can use the XML approach Tim showed to store the columns that were changed and/or you can utilize the DELETED and INSERTED table values to keep track of the actual data values old|new for those columns.
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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
And if you are looking for something built-in to SQL Server, than you may have to wait until you can upgrade to SQL Server 2008.
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Cha1tuAuthor Commented:
i got the article for SQL SERVER 2008.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/manisblog/archive/2008/07/21/sql-server-2008-auditing.aspx

i need the same article kind for sqlserver 2005
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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
>>i need the same article kind for sqlserver 2005<<
That is just the point: That functionality does not exist in SQL Server 2005.  Read the article:
Before the advent of SQL Server 2008, auditing was done using SQL Server Traces and Profiler. Now Auditing is an integral object in SQL Server 2008.

So if this is what you need than clearly you cannot do it with SQL Server 2005.
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Cha1tuAuthor Commented:
oh.Thanks for letting me know. So now i need to upgrade the server and database to sqlserver 2008.
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Kevin CrossChief Technology OfficerCommented:
If you are looking for the integrated Audting, then yes.  Thanks for making that connection, AC!
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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
>>Thanks for making that connection, AC<<
Your crystal ball getting cloudy?
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