Friday, April 19, 2013

SharePoint 2013: Configuring the Audit feature

SharePoint 2013: Configuring the Audit feature

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 has a great feature/functionality to track which users have taken what actions in your site collection. Actions like list item update/delete, changing permissions, creating sites,... can be tracked and shown in an overview (excel file) .

Follow these steps to configure your site collection audit settings:

Step 1: Configure site collection audit settings
 - Go to Site settings > Site Collection Administration > Site collection audit settings
 - Audit Log Trimming: auditing generates audit events and when there are many audit events this could create a large audit log. These logs will use fill up the hard drive and affect your site collection performance. Trimming your logs is strongly advised.
To trim your audit logs:
  * Select yes on 'Automatically trim the audit log for this site?'
  * The number of days to retain your log data is optional. By default it uses the farm settings: by the end of  the month. Leave this empty unless the business says otherwise.
 * If you need to access the audit logs after trimming, set this option to a document library.
 - Documents and Items: specify which events(documents and items) you want to audit in your site collection.
 - Lists, Libraries and Sites: specify which events(lists, libraries and sites) you want to audit in your site
 - Click Ok

Step 2: Enable Auditing
Now you can enable auditing in lists/libraries or content types. In the settings page go to 'Information management policy settings' and enable Auditing.

Step 3: View your auditing logs
 - Go to Site settings > Site Collection Administration > Audit log reports
 - Select the report and the library where you want to save the generated report.

Step 4: View the result
 - View the generated document in the library
 - Open your report

  • Auditing for 'Opening or downloading documents', 'viewing items in lists', or 'viewing item properties' is not available for SharePoint Online or Office 365 (enterprise).
  • Office support for configuring audit settings


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