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July 2011, Vol. 10

Exchange 2010 auditing tools to track admin, end-user behavior

I read your email. Well, I don’t really read your email but how would you know? IT finds this statement funny, but it makes non-tech folks a little nervous. A lot of business occurs via email and companies rely on Exchange Server for critical business processes. So, CEOs are concerned with what’s actually happening on email servers and who can access them. As an Exchange administrator, where do you turn when the CEO comes to you for answers? You turn to auditing. And Exchange Server 2010 has two levels of auditing that administrators can use: administrator audit logging and mailbox auditing logging. Each tool differs slightly in functionality and setup, so let’s take a look at what each one means and why users shouldn’t fear administrator-based audits. What is administrator audit logging? Administrator audit logging (AAL) in Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) gives administrators a way to log commands that have been executed on the server. Enabled by default in Exchange 2010 SP1, AAL stores all commands (except Get- and Search-)...

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