Friday, 2 September 2016

Query To Find SQL Audit Details

I've been deploying a SQL Server auditing solution for our new SQL 2014 estate. I know, we're a few years behind. But if you saw some of the legacy systems I work with you'd understand that migrating to SQL 2014 is quite a coup!

Anyway, I found a really great audit solution that I have used as a base on Colleen Morrow's blog. I will detail what I have added to her solution in a later post. But, for now, I would like to share a query that displays some basic information about existing audits, both at the server and database level.

I put this query together for the purposes of documentation. Our 2014 estate is getting large fast. And with so many installations, we need to keep track of what is installed and configured on all our servers.

The script below UNIONs two queries:
  • One for the Server audit specifications
  • One for the database audit specifications
The database audit specification is a dynamic SQL statement due to the fact that it needs to interrogate the system tables of individual databases for the audit details. I have put in explicit COLLATE hints to cater for servers where databases are not all in line with the server's collation.

Here's a sample result set:

Monday, 1 February 2016

Restarting a service with PowerShell

We use Redgate's SQL Monitor to keep an eye on our mission critical servers. I like the product. It is reasonably user-friendly, reliable and it helps my team monitor our servers efficiently. I've used other products before and I think SQL Monitor compares favourably. No, I'm not paid by RedGate!!!

With that in mind, my team has been struggling a bit with an ongoing issue: every Monday morning one of the SQL Monitor processes was running amok and maxing out CPU! This was strange, as the product is generally pretty stable. After some investigation, we realised that the security team had started performing regular vulnerability scans over the weekends. Part of this test involved intentional failed login attempts. SQL Monitor can't seem to handle this, and the web server, specifically the "xsp4" process goes haywire and trashes the CPU.