IDERA SQL Compliance Manager 5.5 and later allows you to take advantage of the SQL Server Audit Logs feature to track specific events occurring in your monitored environment. SQL Server Audit Logs is an event handling system that helps you reduce the size of data gathered and deliver performance gains over the default SQL trace method. In SQL Compliance Manager 5.5 and later, only SELECT and DML events for SQL Server 2017 and later versions are supported by this feature.

Capturing DML and SELECT activities via Audit Logs does not include the following features:

  • Before-After Data
  • Sensitive Column
  • Row Count

To enable capturing events via Audit Logs go to:

Prerequisites and conditions for enabling auditing using Audit Logs

IDERA SQL Compliance Manager supports Audit Logs based auditing for SQL Server 2017 and above. The following prerequisites and conditions are required to switch auditing based on Audit Logs. 

  • While enabling Audit Logs from Web or Windows Management console. 
    • SQL Compliance Manager checks for the following conditions, which all must be met to successfully enable Audit Logs:
      • The Agent is reachable.
      • SQL Server 2017 or above.
      • SQL Compliance Agent 5.5 or above.

Enable Audit Logs mode using the Windows Management Console

Users wanting to take advantage of SQL Server Audit Logs auditing capabilities can do so by completing the following steps:

  1. Right-click the instance you want to audit and select Properties
  2. In the Registered SQL Server Properties window, select the Audited Activities tab. 
  3. Under the Capture DML and Select activities options, select the Via SQL Server Audit Specifications option.
  4. Click OK

For more information about enabling this feature using the Windows Management Console, see Registered SQL Server Properties window - Audited Activities tab

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