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Posted Tuesday, December 18, 2012 7:32 AM
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we have a database of attandance system in which daily attendance recorded. there is a table in which one of IT guy directly modify his record for his late coming enteries.
we need to track such changes in a table directly updated.

can someone please help us to track these crime updates.

awaiting for urgent response.
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Posted Tuesday, December 18, 2012 7:37 AM


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For the future, you can use CDC (Change Data Capture) to get that kind of thing.

In order to track down past changes, you'll need to check the transaction log. Is the database in Full, Bulk Recovery, or Simple, recovery model? If Simple, then the data is gone and you can't track it down. If Full or Bulk, you should be able to get a log parser application to find the data changes in there.


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safzalhussain (12/18/2012)
we have a database of attandance system in which daily attendance recorded. there is a table in which one of IT guy directly modify his record for his late coming enteries.
we need to track such changes in a table directly updated.

can someone please help us to track these crime updates.

awaiting for urgent response.

AFTER the edit has occurred, if you did not have one of the many capabilities for tracking this in place BEFORE the crime occurred, there is NO WAY to find out/prove it.

going forward, you can look into any of the following:
Change Data Capture
SQL Audit
Create your own Custom Trace
C2 Level auditing
Adding Custom Extended Events
Adding A Trigger to specific tables.

MAYBE, if the database is in FULL Recovery Model AND you have a Full Backup already taken, you could do a log backup, and use a log reader tool to find out exactly when it occurred...but the log only keeps the spid @ the time, and not the hostname/username for whodunnit info.

you'll only be able to set something up to capture this going forward, now that you know it's a real issue.



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thanks for your prompt response.

Please suggest the easiest method to cofigure for tracking in sql server 2005 express edition.

we dont have a dba expert so can it be configured with limited knowledge of sql
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safzalhussain (12/18/2012)
Please suggest the easiest method to cofigure for tracking in sql server 2005 express edition.


Triggers.

CDC and Change tracking are SQL 2008 features (you posted in a 2008 forum, so we assumed you were using SQL 2008).

Even that won't stop a sysadmin, they can just change the tracking table too. If you have a dishonest sysadmin, that's a management problem (what else are they changing without permission)



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need assistance, how to track changes in sql server 2005 express edition using triggers
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A quick Google search for "using triggers to track changes" yields many results

http://www.philosophicalgeek.com/2008/05/13/tracking-database-changes-using-triggers/




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stating the obvious here, you should immediately remove that persons access to SQL server, and change the sa /other admin passwords.

make sure whatever application that is used to connect does not connect as a sysadmin as well.


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safzalhussain (12/18/2012)
need assistance, how to track changes in sql server 2005 express edition using triggers


ApexSQL sells a product that will do the work for you on that. Easier than trying to learn it yourself.

http://www.apexsql.com/sql_tools_audit.aspx


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Because this is only for one table..you can create trigger.
This should work well in your case.
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