Sharepoint 2019 on-site audit logs show both opening and downloading as view event.

Stef STK 21 Reputation points


I have a problem with Sharepoint 2019 on-site audit logs. We need to log opening, viewing, downloading, editing, deleting, restoring, moving, copying and editing permissions. Everything seems to be logged but opening, viewing and downloading are all shown as view events. How can I separate these events? Sharepoint online is not an option for us. What are my options with this problem?

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  1. Emily Du-MSFT 43,836 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    @Stef STK

    I don’t think it’s possible to separate opening, viewing and downloading events in the audit logs. It’s by design.

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  1. Trevor Seward 11,696 Reputation points

    While separate events for downloading/viewing don't exist in any version of SharePoint, SharePoint Server 2019 did remove the View event which covered downloading, view, and view properties in a single event type. This event is problematic due to the content database impact it has and the inefficiency of removal of events from the database.

    You'll have to look for a 3rd party solution or parse IIS logs (i.e. with LogParser).

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