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Tracking file/folder creation and deletion is mandatory for ensuring data security and meeting compliance mandates' requirements. It also helps administrators to keep tabs on the files/folders present in the file server. In case of a security attack, if the hacker deletes files/folders in your file server, it would be easier to track them during the investigation.Download for FREE Free, fully functional 30-day trial
ADAudit Plus provides comprehensive reports to consolidate all the information you need about files/folders being created or deleted in your servers. These reports can be exported and also scheduled to be automatically generated, at the specified times, and delivered to your inbox. You can also configure alerts to notify you when permissions of critical files/folders are deleted. This way you can take action immediately.
Login to ADAudit Plus → Go to File Audit tab → Under File Audit Reports → navigate to Files Created report to view the files/folders created.
The details you can find in this report are:
Here is how you can audit file/folder creation and deletion:
Open Local Security Policy. Go to Security Settings and select Local Policies.
Under Audit Policy, select 'Audit object access' and turn auditing on for both success and failure.
Locate the parent directory or folder in which you want to track creation and deletion of files/sub folders. Right click on it and go to Properties. Under the Security tab click Advanced.
In Advanced Security Settings, go to the Auditing tab and click Add to add a new auditing entry.
In the Auditing Entry for Active Directory dialog box, enter the following details:
Every time a user accesses the selected file/folder and changes the permission on it, an event log will be recorded in the Event Viewer. Under Windows Logs, select Security. You can find all the audit logs in the middle pane as displayed below.
To filter the event logs to view just the logs about the file/folders created and deleted, select Filter Current Log from the right pane. Simply search for the event ID 4656 which indicates that access handle to an object was requested.
Unfortunately these filters don't simply give you a list of files/folders created. They would need to be coupled with access masks to understand exactly which files/folders were created or deleted.
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