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Configure Login Auditing (SQL Server Management Studio)

Topic Status: Some information in this topic is preview and subject to change in future releases. Preview information describes new features or changes to existing features in Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2).

This topic describes how to configure login auditing in SQL Server 2016 to monitor SQL Server Database Engine login activity. Login auditing can be configured to write to the error log on the following events.

  • Failed logins

  • Successful logins

  • Both failed and successful logins

You must restart SQL Server before this option will take effect.

To configure login auditing

  1. In SQL Server Management Studio, connect to an instance of the SQL Server Database Engine with Object Explorer.

  2. In Object Explorer, right-click the server name, and then click Properties.

  3. On the Security page, under Login auditing, click the desired option and close the Server Properties page.

  4. In Object Explorer, right-click the server name, and then click Restart.

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