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windows file server change editor software

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Hello experts,

Here is what we are trying to find:
There is a windows file server. We would like a software that can log and report, which user deleted or edited a file.

User count: 20 (twenty)
Server count: 1

For instance we have found change-auditor for windows file servers from quest.com however the minimum licence requirement is 300 and we only have 20 users.

What would be your recommendations on this kind of a software need?

Thank you in advance.
Kindest Regards
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Question by:Lucane
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by:armchang
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hi Lucane,

I believe that you can get the demo and try out the software from quest.com for you to assess if their software is okay for you.

however the minimum licence requirement is 300 and we only have 20 users
If you are asking that their fees/licence requirement is not suitable for you/company then I would suggest to try another software that is an open source.

One example that I've found is from sourceforge.net, here is the link:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/snare/

It's also multi-platform software.

armchang
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This project has a budget and we are willing to use the most efficient solution provider, we do not have too much cost restraints or pressures on us. Software ideas?

thank you for your time
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by:Haslerct
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Hi, no need to purchase any software. This is because windows itself able to do the auditing. Pls check this URL for more info:
http://www.techotopia.com/index.php/Auditing_Windows_Server_2008_File_and_Folder_Access
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Haslerct we are aware of this capability of windows however we do not have that much time to go through the event log unfortunately. we are after a quick sharp solution. thank you for your insight tho.
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We are looking for an AUDITOR.
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FileAudit should do the job as this software solution allows you to:
- Monitor access (or access attempts) to files and folders stored on Windows systems
- Automatically archive all file access events occurring on one or several Windows systems
- Display file and folder access history in a printable report that can be scheduled to run automatically
- Export file and folder access history data to Excel for in-depth analysis and control

It's licensed per Windows file server and costs $210.

Info and trial:
http://www.isdecisions.com/products/fileaudit

I also noticed there is a new version coming (still in beta):
http://blog.isdecisions.com/post/37190108134/fileaudit-4-join-the-beta-testing-program-enter-to
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by:Lucane
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Thank you all for providing information so far. Any more ideas though? I still couldn't satisfy our tech leader yet. I am a PM :) help pls..
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Did the trick. has the desired features and is within budget. thank you.
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