Netwrix Auditor for SQL Server
Freeware that keeps you informed about changes and logons to your Microsoft SQL Server
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The free edition of Netwrix Auditor for SQL Server keeps you on top of what’s happening inside your database server by detecting logons and changes made to SQL Server objects and permissions, including server instances, roles, databases, tables, stored procedures and more. This free SQL tool sends daily reports detailing every change and logon made during the last 24 hours, including the before and after values for each modification.
Continuous monitoring of database activity is critical for data security and high availability of mission-critical applications and services. However, neither native tools nor most free SQL tools can efficiently monitor logons and configuration changes on SQL Server. The free edition of Netwrix Auditor for SQL Server eliminates the noise and enables you to stay on top of user activity on your SQL servers in a timely and convenient fashion.
Because databases are used to store valuable assets, they are normally hidden far behind firewalls. But even the most secure perimeter is not sufficient protection. The free edition of Netwrix Auditor for SQL Server reports on successful and failed logon attempts and configuration changes to harden database security. This free SQL reporting tool enables IT admins to review user activity in their database environments and detect potentially aberrant behavior to prevent data exfiltration.
Awareness versus Complete Visibility
Once you start using Netwrix Auditor for SQL Server, you will get full functionality for free for 20 days. After that, you can either activate the Free Community Edition or apply a commercial license. The table below highlights the differences between the Netwrix Auditor Community Edition free SQL tool and the standard edition of the product.
|Reporting on changes to server instances, databases, database users, roles and schemas|
|Reporting on changes to database objects (including tables, views, stored procedures, indices, etc.) and database content on a row level|
|Before and after values for all modifications|
|Reporting on both successful and failed logon attempts|
|Daily activity summary sent automatically to a single recipient|
|"What," "when" and "where" details for each reported event|
|"Who" details for each reported event|
|Predefined reports with filtering, sorting and export options|
|Email subscriptions to scheduled Exchange Server reports with the ability to choose reports, recipients and reporting frequency|
|Advanced cross-system audit reporting|
|User behavior and blind spot analysis|
|Out-of-the-box compliance reports mapped to specific regulatory standards (PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOX, GDPR, FISMA/NIST and more)|
|Google-like search of audit data|
|Alerts on threat patterns|
|Long-term storage of audit data|
|Role-based access control|
|Optional lightweight, non-intrusive mode of data collection used for traffic compression|
|Single installation that handles multiple domains, each with its own unique settings|
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The free edition of Netwrix Auditor for SQL Server is very simple to deploy. Below is a summary of the minimum system requirements.
- 2 cores
- 4GB RAM
- 100 GB – System drive
- 100 GB – Data drive (Long-Term Archive and SQL Server)
- Minimum 1280 x 1024
- Recommended 1920 x 1080 or higher
- Windows Desktop OS (64-bit): Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10
- Windows Server OS: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012/2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016
- Any .NET Framework that goes with your OS: 3.5 SP1, 4.0, 4.5, or 4.6
- Windows Installer 3.1 and above