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Enabling File Auditing with LEM

Level 9

How to enable file auditing in Windows

After you have installed and configured you SolarWinds Log & Event Manager Agents, optimize your SolarWinds LEM deployment by tuning Windows to log the specific events you want to see in your SolarWinds LEM Console and store on your SolarWinds LEM database. Use the recommendations below to get started with this tuning process.

  1. Open Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy.
  2. Expand Local Policies and click Audit Policy in the left pane.
  3. Select Audit object access in the right pane, and then click Action > Properties.
  4. Select Success and Failure.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Close the Local Security Policy window.

To enable file auditing on a file or folder in Windows:

  1. Locate the file or folder you want to audit in Windows Explorer.
  2. Right-click the file or folder and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Security tab.
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. Click the Auditing tab.
  6. If you are using Windows Server 2008, click Edit.
  7. Click Add.
  8. Enter the name of a user or group you want to audit for the selected file or folder, and click Check Names to validate your entry. For example, enter Everyone.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Select Success and Failure next to Full control to audit everything for the selected file or folder.
  11. Optionally, clear Success and Failure for unwanted events, such as:
    • Read attributes
    • Read extended attributes
    • Write extended attributes
    • Read permissions
  12. Click OK in each window until you are back at the Windows Explorer window.
  13. Repeat these steps for all files or folders you want to audit.
Level 15

Thanks for an interesting article.

Level 13

For those that read the article above but want to do file auditing (for Windows file servers) without enabling Windows File Auditing, you can instead use a File Integrity Monitoring connector in LEM for that node to accomplish a similar thing.

See this article for more detail:

File Integrity Monitoring Connectors - SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. Help and Support