SQL Server 2008 February CTP introduces a new feature, SQL Server Audit. This feature facilitates auditing of Database Engine events by providing simple T-SQL statements to enable, store, and view audits on server and database objects. Part 1 of this series focuses on the server level events.
My company is just starting to look at adding functionality to retain historical data for key tables and columns for auditing purposes in many of our SQL Server databases. I have seen some of your recent tips related to triggers (Forcing Trigger Firing Order in SQL Server and Trigger Alternatives in SQL Server - OUTPUT Clause). Based on using triggers or a similar technology, what is the best way to store the historical data?
Auditing activities on your database servers becomes more important all the time. But ensuring that schema changes do not occur without your knowledge may be more important for a stable system. James Greaves brings us a great technique using DDL triggers for doing this.