A SearchWindowsSecurity.com member recently asked: We have a W2K3 file server (with SAN attached arrays) from which a user has deleted files. Is there a way to discover who this person is? Do the log files capture this information or would we have to put a monitoring tool on the server and hope to capture future activity? We plan on tightening the permissions but I wondered if there would be any history available.
If you are going to enable this degree of auditing, I would strongly recommend the use of third-party log management/security monitoring tools such as NetIQ Security Manager, LogLogic or ArcSight ESM. These tools can both manage the quantity of logs as well as the volume of events. Doing otherwise, in my experience, results in auditing policies that are effectively worthless because data is near impossible to find. It is also difficult to manage the volume of data (which can exceed gigabytes of data per day).