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I need to identify which sql server db's are active in my instance of sql server.
the sql server is running sql 2008 r2 standard.

when I try to setup an audit through management studio, it err's out and tells me auditing is not a feature allowed
on this type of sql application "2008 r2 standard"
does anyone know away I can accurately track logins to sql server databases by the database name?  I have inherited a sql server that has 80 db's and I don't know which ones are being actively used.

My plan was to track logins over a week and see which db's are being utilized.
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With the management views you can see different versions of active: active now, recent, most active ...
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms188068.aspx
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"My plan was to track logins over a week and see which db's are being utilized."
With a login you don't see which database is being used.
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I've done a query select * from sys.dm_db_db_index_usage_stats and it has a column called database_id

the database_id I would assume is tracking an actual db... please correct if im wrong.
so if I associate that with the database name.... isn't there another column in the output of this query that specifies high or no usage?

sample of output attached
output-of-query.xlsx
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Indeed mamanagent views return data from usage .... that is more exaclty since last restart or clean of that data.

db_Name(database_id) and you even got the name of that database
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how can I get it to display the name of the db?  or is this something I need to cross reference?
and which columns to you think would indicate real usage of the db?
Thanks Jogos
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how can I get the query to display the name of the db  *correction from earlier post
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DB_NAME() gives the name of current db,  DB_NAME(database_id) gives name of database which id you are passing
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im a little confused as I am new to being a dba.

are you saying that I can write a select statement that will give me the db name in the output.
the output from my first query

select * from sys.dm_db_db_index_usage_stats
was posted in the excel spreadsheet

I don't see any db names in the output
could you assist in query creation that would put that attribute in the output?
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Not used is more difficult to track than certainly used
Some ways to track usage and an idea on why it can mislead you
http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2014/05/4-lightweight-ways-tell-database-used/
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How to get db-name and example on why it is important to give an id as parameter to that function
select  DB_NAME(database_id),* from sys.dm_db_db_index_usage_stats

use master 
select  DB_NAME()
use msdb
select DB_NAME()

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