Check to see who deleted a folder

Someone deleted a folder off our shared system. I want to see who it is. I do have auditing turned on but when I go to the event, I only see a general description
Steven HoongSystems AdministratorAsked:
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You need to have auditing on, and you could also decide to have a product like Netwrix Auditor or ADAudit Plus. (Note: ADAudit Plus requires the file integrity add on)

These are some ways to go about it without using Powershell. However, since this is a past event, you may not be able to get the info you want with the tools I suggested.

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Naveen SharmaCommented:
You can try LepideAuditor for File Server to track file and folder deletions along with you can set up an alert for delete action and every time someone deletes you'll get alerted via e-mail in real time.

Check the below article to get in detailed description of the procedure for tracking file deletions on Windows File Servers:
Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology ProfessionalCommented:
Unfortunately it looks like you don't have enough auditing enabled to determine the problem. It is not retroactive so you won't be able to find more information by fixing the problem now.
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Sara TeasdaleCommented:
I agree with masnrock, you first need to turn on auditing from either local policies or domain policies and apply it to the machine you want to audit.

Once the policy is set you need to configure auditing on everything you want to audit, and that will start adding events to the event log.


Computer Configuration --> Windows Settings --> Security Settings --> Local Policies --> Audit Policy --> Audit object Access

You can turn on success and then it would create a failure, so you dont want to monitor those events.

Here are more reference for doing this

Hope it help
Steven HoongSystems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
so I do have it turned on. is this incorrect?

Yadhu GiriCommented:
Go through the article, there are other GP  you need enable, after enabling those you can install DFSR  and create a report to send a mail notification.
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