In this post we’ll look at how to enable SharePoint auditing. Recently I’ve been investigating some mysterious folder moves which the end users couldn’t explain, but folders were disappearing and reappearing elsewhere.
My first thought was that they have been dragged and dropped by mistake with a touchpad, it’s so easy to do if you aren’t careful.
My second thought was to check the SharePoint audit logs. Read on to learn how to enable SharePoint Auditing and view the available reports.
By default SharePoint Auditing isn’t enabled in Office 365.
Login to https://portal.office.com.
Go to your SharePoint page, which is usually https://yourdomain.sharepoint.com/SitePages/Home.aspx
Click the cog in the top right-hand corner and select Site settings.
On the Office 365 SharePoint Site Settings page, first we need to turn auditing on. By default it is not enabled. Select Site collection audit settings.
In this example I’ve configured the Moving or copying items to another location within the site, and Deleting or restoring items.
90 days is the longest retention for logs in the audit database, so I’ve kept this as the default, and automatic trimming is enabled,
Below is a list of the reports available via the Audit log reports option.
You have now enabled SharePoint auditing in Office 365, and have a host of reports to view and check.