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Looking for user audits in sql server 2005

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Hello Folks.

I'm looking for user activity audit tables/views in Sql server 2005.
Do they already exist or do i have to custom create them?
On my server, I have already configured security to do login auditing.
Where does that data go to?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Hi,

There are ways of looking at the transaction log, but that is fairly deep. If your application needs this on a fairly regular basis, I'd suggest that each table needs some of the following:
LastChangedBy (the userID/UserName), LastChangedDateTime (use the datetime, in SQL 2008R2 and above you have a few more types to choose from), timestamp (not a datetime, but a unique serial number in the database)

And yes, it can bloat a table somewhat to have these three columns as the last three or so in each and every table. But you can tell who made the last insert/update on that row with minimal effort.

HTH
  David
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