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SQL Server 2016 Database Audit Specification

SQL Server 2016 Database Audit Specification

Hello All!
I am working on getting the Failed_Database_Authentication_Group and Successful_Database_Authentication_Group specifications to work, but my changes do not seem to be taking.

I disable the audit and the database audit specification, I modify the database audit specification, adding



save the changes, enable the audit and then the database audit specification, logout of SSMS and then log back in to SSMS and I do not see any entries with action_id = DAGS. My question is, does this not work the way I am expecting it to? I was thinking that it would record every time a user connects to that server and authenticates to the DB in which the database audit specification was created. I have gone into the same database audit specification and added


ADD (SELECT ON OBJECT::[dbo].[CIB_ThirdPartyProvider] BY [public]) 

and then run a select against that table and it logs the query, but still doesn't seem to log the database authentication.

Am I missing something?

Thanks in advance,

RE: SQL Server 2016 Database Audit Specification

Looking at the MS Docs for that audit group, it says that this audit "Indicates that a principal successfully logged in to a contained database." I'm not sure if it's referring to a true Contained Database or not, but if it is that may be your problem (unless you actually are using a Contained Database).

You may want to try using SUCCESSFUL_LOGIN_GROUP instead, although I believe it tracks every successful login to the server so you may get a lot of results from it.

Hope This Helps!

Eric Cobb | SQL Server Database Administrator
MCSE: Data Platform
MCSE: Data Management and Analytics

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