Adding new audit store databases to an installation

When you first set up an installation, you also create the first audit store and audit store database. By default, that first database is the active database. As you begin collecting audit data, you might want to add databases to the audit store to support a rolling data retention policy and to prevent any one database from becoming a bottleneck and degrading performance.

Only one database can be the active database in an audit store at any given time. The computer hosting the active database should be optimized for read/write performance. As you add databases, you can change the older database from active to attached. Attached databases are only used for querying stored information and can use lower cost storage options.

Note:   A single instance of Microsoft SQL Server can host multiple databases.

Audit store databases have the following characteristics:

  • A database can be active, attached, or detached.
  • Only one database can be actively receiving audit data from collectors.
  • A database cannot be detached while it is the active database.
  • A database that was previously the active database cannot again be the active database.
  • If a detached database contains parts of sessions presented to the Audit Analyzer, a warning is displayed when the auditor replays those sessions.