Auditing SQL Server data changes – the centralized solution

In the previous part of the Methods for auditing SQL Server data changes articles series, How to analyze and read SQL Server Audit information, we described several native SQL Server auditing features – Change Tracking, Change Data Capture and Audit. We described their unique and shared characteristics, how they store captured information, how to provide the information, and explained the advantages and disadvantages of each feature.

November 27, 2013

How to set up and use SQL Server Audit

In the previous part of the SQL Server auditing methods series, SQL Server Audit feature – Introduction, we described main features of the SQL Server Auditfeature – its main characteristics, what events it can audit and where the audit information is stored. We also explained two levels of auditing – the database-level and server-level, and three components necessary for using the feature – the SQL Server audit object, database audit specification, and server audit specification

November 17, 2013

SQL Server Change Data Capture (CDC) – Introduction

In the previous part of this series, How to read SQL Server Change Tracking results, we described SQL Server Change Tracking – its features, how to use it, and how to read the results. We also showed examples of the captured records. If you need to know is whether the row has been changed or not, the type of the last change, and which column was changed, without the details (old and new values, who, and when) about the change, then SQL Server Change Tracking is not the right auditing solution for you

November 1, 2013

What is SQL Server Change Tracking and how to set it up?

SQL DBAs are sometimes confused by the differences in SQL Server Change Tracking and Change Data Capture features. Not only can their names be mixed up, but also feature specifications. The goal of this series is to present each of 3 SQL Server auditing features (Change Tracking, Change Data Capture and SQL Server Auditing) and ApexSQL Audit – a complete third-party solution. We will show their features, similarities, differences, advantages, and disadvantages in order to help users determine the right tool for their auditing requirements

October 23, 2013