How to enable Auditing in Microsoft Dynamics 365 CE.

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Auditing can be useful if you want to track changes to an entity or field, or several entities or several fields. Since auditing can affect system performance, we usually recommend you enable auditing for only the specific entities required.

The auditing feature logs changes that are made to customer records and user access so you can review the activity later. The auditing feature is designed to meet the auditing, compliance, security, and governance policies of many regulated enterprises.

The audit logs help the administrator answer questions such as:

  • Which user was accessing the system and when?
  • Who updated this field value on this record and when?
  • What was the previous field value before it was updated?
  • What actions has this user taken recently?
  • Who deleted this record?
  • What locale was used to make the update?

The following operations can be audited:

  • Create, update, deactivate, and delete operations on records.
  • Changes to the sharing privileges of a record.
  • The N:N association or disassociation of records.
  • Changes to security roles.
  • Audit changes at the entity, attribute, and organization level. For example, enabling audit on an entity.
  • Deletion of audit logs.
  • For changes made to entity fields that can be localized, such as the Product entity name or description fields, the locale ID (LCID) appears in the audit record.

System administrators and customizers can start or stop auditing for an organization.

Enable auditing in Dynamics 365 CE entities

  1. Click on Settings > Customizations > Customize the System.
  2. Click Entities.
  3. Pick the entity that you want to audit.
  4. Go to General > Data Services and click the Auditing check box.
  5. Click on Save and Publish.

Enable auditing in system settings

  1. Go to Settings >System> Administration > System Settings > Start Auditing or Settings>Auditing>Global Audit Settings > Start Auditing

Click on Ok.

View and manage audit log files

If you would like to see or manage the audit log files, you can follow these steps:

1.) Go to Settings > System > Auditing > Audit Log Management.

You will see the logs your system has created.

Auditing log files can grow pretty big over a period of time, so it’s a good idea to delete them when they are no longer needed. You can delete the oldest logs, but you can’t delete the current log, because it’s in use.

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