Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 has a great feature/functionality to track which users have taken what actions in your site collection. Actions like list item update/delete, changing permissions, creating sites,... can be tracked and shown in an overview (excel file) .
Follow these steps to configure your site collection audit settings:
Step 1: Configure site collection audit settings
- Go to Site settings > Site Collection Administration > Site collection audit settings
- Audit Log Trimming: auditing generates audit events and when there are many audit events this could create a large audit log. These logs will use fill up the hard drive and affect your site collection performance. Trimming your logs is strongly advised.
To trim your audit logs:
* Select yes on 'Automatically trim the audit log for this site?'
* The number of days to retain your log data is optional. By default it uses the farm settings: by the end of the month. Leave this empty unless the business says otherwise.
* If you need to access the audit logs after trimming, set this option to a document library.
- Documents and Items: specify which events(documents and items) you want to audit in your site collection.
- Lists, Libraries and Sites: specify which events(lists, libraries and sites) you want to audit in your site
- Click Ok
Step 2: Enable Auditing
Now you can enable auditing in lists/libraries or content types. In the settings page go to 'Information management policy settings' and enable Auditing.
Step 3: View your auditing logs
- Go to Site settings > Site Collection Administration > Audit log reports
- Select the report and the library where you want to save the generated report.
Step 4: View the result
- View the generated document in the library
- Open your report
- Auditing for 'Opening or downloading documents', 'viewing items in lists', or 'viewing item properties' is not available for SharePoint Online or Office 365 (enterprise).
- Office support for configuring audit settings