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how to explore/ retrieve SQL Server Transaction Log information


how to explore/ retrieve SQL Server Transaction Log information

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Can anyone advise me on how to explore/ retrieve SQL Server Transaction Log information e.g. interprete record of table/ row update/ delete command, including the information of host computers and user IDs, timestamps etc.?
Or, Can anyone help me quoting any effective software that can do this on any previous transaction?
Or, Can anyone advise me whether "eVisie TransactioneXplorer" or similar software can do that?

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The undocumented function to read the log is fn_dblog. It's a table-valued function (hence used in a select statement), takes two parameters, start LSN and end LSN, both can be null.

It's completely undocumented, so good luck interpreting it.
You won't find host names in there, it's a transaction log, not an audit log

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You can use third party tools to explore the log. They work, but won't supply information that's not there as Gail points out. I think Apex SQL has a log explorer tool.

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You can also use Lumigent Log explorer,SQL Log Rescue avialable in the market to explore the transaction logs.I have written an article regarding teh usage of this software.It can be accessed at http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/Product+Reviews/2846/
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Yes, you can use the undocumented function fn_dblog(), which helps you can view or read your transaction logs and you can also check the recent activities of your database.
for more about fn_dblog() read this helpful article of SQL Server Log Explorer
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