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SQL Traces and c2 auditing are different

Sometimes end users interchange the terms : C2 auditing and Traces.
They server different purposes.

c2 auditing records all attempts (successfull and failed) on objects and statements. Typically a SQL Server DBA will use a c2 audit to monitor security compliance .

A trace will will monitor an event or a series of events. Events can be any source producing a trace events. Examples are deadlocks and DTC transactions, SQL Server Backups.Read BOL for a comprehensive list of events

To view if c2 auditing is turned on use:

--To view if c2 auditing is turned on use:

EXEC sp_configure 'c2 audit mode'


--To view if traces including user defined ones are running on SQL server 2005 use:

SELECT * FROM sys.fn_trace_getinfo(0) ;
Author: Jack Vamvas (http://www.sqlserver-dba.com)

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