Auditing, Tracking, and Change Monitoring Technologies in Microsoft SQL Server 2008
Regulatory bodies...end-users...your boss. They all want answers. Many questions are easy enough to deal with: "Did someone drop my view?" Others are a bit trickier: "What was the previous value of this row?" And some are seemingly impossible: "Who selected the data from this table over the past week?" For many DBAs, the answer to some or all of these questions is often "Umm..." But don't blame yourself; getting this information in SQL Server has never been especially easy—until now. SQL Server 2008 ships with several new technologies designed to help you track and report on exactly what happened, who did it, and when. In this session, learn about SQL Server 2008 features: Change Tracking, Change Data Capture, and SQL Server Audit, each of which provides a distinct set of capabilities and has specific strengths and weaknesses. Looking at each of these technologies in turn, you will see how they work and where you might want to leverage them in your SQL Server infrastructure. If you're used to saying "Umm..." get ready to say "I'll be right back with the answer."