ALTER DATABASE AUDIT SPECIFICATION (Transact-SQL)
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ALTER DATABASE AUDIT SPECIFICATION (Transact-SQL)

 

THIS TOPIC APPLIES TO:yesSQL Server (starting with 2008)noAzure SQL DatabasenoAzure SQL Data Warehouse noParallel Data Warehouse

Alters a database audit specification object using the SQL Server Audit feature. For more information, see SQL Server Audit (Database Engine).

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions

  
ALTER DATABASE AUDIT SPECIFICATION audit_specification_name  
{  
    [ FOR SERVER AUDIT audit_name ]  
    [ { { ADD | DROP } (   
           { <audit_action_specification> | audit_action_group_name }   
                )   
      } [, ...n] ]  
    [ WITH ( STATE = { ON | OFF } ) ]  
}  
[ ; ]  
<audit_action_specification>::=  
{  
      <action_specification>[ ,...n ] ON [ class :: ] securable   
     BY principal [ ,...n ]   
}  
  

audit_specification_name
The name of the audit specification.

audit_name
The name of the audit to which this specification is applied.

audit_action_specification
Name of one or more database-level auditable actions. For a list of audit action groups, see SQL Server Audit Action Groups and Actions.

audit_action_group_name
Name of one or more groups of database-level auditable actions. For a list of audit action groups, see SQL Server Audit Action Groups and Actions.

class
Class name (if applicable) on the securable.

securable
Table, view, or other securable object in the database on which to apply the audit action or audit action group. For more information, see Securables.

column
Column name (if applicable) on the securable.

principal
Name of SQL Server principal on which to apply the audit action or audit action group. For more information, see Principals (Database Engine).

WITH ( STATE = { ON | OFF } )
Enables or disables the audit from collecting records for this audit specification. Audit specification state changes must be done outside a user transaction and may not have other changes in the same statement when the transition is ON to OFF.

Database audit specifications are non-securable objects that reside in a given database. You must set the state of an audit specification to the OFF option in order to make changes to a database audit specification. If ALTER DATABASE AUDIT SPECIFICATION is executed when an audit is enabled with any options other than STATE=OFF, you will receive an error message. For more information, see tempdb Database.

Users with the ALTER ANY DATABASE AUDIT permission can alter database audit specifications and bind them to any audit.

After a database audit specification is created, it can be viewed by principals with the CONTROL SERVER,or ALTER ANY DATABASE AUDIT permissions, the sysadmin account, or principals having explicit access to the audit.

The following example alters a database audit specification called HIPPA_Audit_DB_Specification that audits the SELECT statements by the dbo user, for a SQL Server audit called HIPPA_Audit.

ALTER DATABASE AUDIT SPECIFICATION HIPPA_Audit_DB_Specification  
FOR SERVER AUDIT HIPPA_Audit  
    ADD (SELECT  
         ON OBJECT::dbo.Table1  
         BY dbo)  
    WITH (STATE = ON);  
GO  

For a full example about how to create an audit, see SQL Server Audit (Database Engine).

CREATE SERVER AUDIT (Transact-SQL)
ALTER SERVER AUDIT (Transact-SQL)
DROP SERVER AUDIT (Transact-SQL)
CREATE SERVER AUDIT SPECIFICATION (Transact-SQL)
ALTER SERVER AUDIT SPECIFICATION (Transact-SQL)
DROP SERVER AUDIT SPECIFICATION (Transact-SQL)
CREATE DATABASE AUDIT SPECIFICATION (Transact-SQL)
DROP DATABASE AUDIT SPECIFICATION (Transact-SQL)
ALTER AUTHORIZATION (Transact-SQL)
sys.fn_get_audit_file (Transact-SQL)
sys.server_audits (Transact-SQL)
sys.server_file_audits (Transact-SQL)
sys.server_audit_specifications (Transact-SQL)
sys.server_audit_specification_details (Transact-SQL)
sys.database_audit_specifications (Transact-SQL)
sys.database_audit_specification_details (Transact-SQL)
sys.dm_server_audit_status (Transact-SQL)
sys.dm_audit_actions (Transact-SQL)
Create a Server Audit and Server Audit Specification

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