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Windows 7: Log of files accessed


28 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Log of files accessed

Does Win 7 Home Premium maintain a log of shared files being accessed and which machine they were accessed from? I am getting tired of telling my users about new files being available, only to have them tell me they already know about them. If not, is there some third party app that can monitor the shared folders and create such a log?


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28 Feb 2011   #2

Win7 Ent x64 / Win7 Ult x86
 
 

Not sure if this is available on home premium but in Windows 7 Enterprise you can enable Auditing which records info in the event logs.

Right click the folder (or file) and go properties
go to security tab and click advanced
go to auditing tab and click Edit
Click Add.
Select object type and add objects (be it usernames, groups, everyone or specific computers). Click OK
Tick the boxes for events you want to record. Click OK
Tick the box to include/replace inheritable entries.
Click OK.OK.OK.

Check the event log on a periodic basis.
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01 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rotaz View Post
Not sure if this is available on home premium but in Windows 7 Enterprise you can enable Auditing which records info in the event logs.

Right click the folder (or file) and go properties
go to security tab and click advanced
go to auditing tab and click Edit
Click Add.
Select object type and add objects (be it usernames, groups, everyone or specific computers). Click OK
Tick the boxes for events you want to record. Click OK
Tick the box to include/replace inheritable entries.
Click OK.OK.OK.

Check the event log on a periodic basis.
Thanks, I was able to use your instructions on my version of Windows. One thing I can't figure out, where in the event log should I look?
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01 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I just found this app:
Monitoring access to your shared files on network C# Tips

It's a bit clunky, but it's free, and allows realtime monitoring of share accesses.
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01 Mar 2011   #5

Win7 Ent x64 / Win7 Ult x86
 
 

should be in the "Windows Logs\Security" folder.

I'd suggest adding colum "Task Category". The task your looking for is Detailed File Share.
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