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Can I save user logs for Win2K3 Active Directory?

Expert Laura E. Hunter guides a reader toward which tools can help is saving and monitoring user logs for Windows Server 2003 Active Directory.

I am using Windows Server 2003 with Active Directory. I have at least 90 users. I want to save logs about user's usage of server. For example, I want to see users login & log off timing, and in this duration what they are doing.

Example: file or folder creation, delete, update, and open times with folder names. Is this possible?

You can audit access to a number of different types of events related to Active Directory and the Windows operating system. Check out this link to get started.

You can view the results of system auditing manually within the Event Viewer, or you can automate the process with free tools like EventCombMT and LogParser or paid tools such as Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) or third-party offerings from GFI, NetIQ, Quest, NetPro, and the like.

This was last published in July 2006

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