Implementing Fastpath’s Audit Trail: View reports

FastpathThis post is part of the series on Implementing Fastpath's Audit Trail and is part of the parent Implementing Fastpath's Assure Suite series.

In yesterday’s post, I took a look at the Data Changes view available in the Fastpath Assure portal for Audit Trail. This is the way of looking at the raw data, but is not the friendliest method of reviewing the audited changes which is available, It is suitable for someone like me who understands the data structure of Microsoft Dynamics GP, but the ordinary end-user needs something more user friendly.

Fortunately, this is available from the reports which are included as standard. To access these reports, expand Audit Trails and select Reports; there is a long list of reports then shown in the navigation pane:

Audit Trail Available Reports

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Implementing Fastpath’s Audit Trail: Review data changes

FastpathThis post is part of the series on Implementing Fastpath's Audit Trail and is part of the parent Implementing Fastpath's Assure Suite series.

With Audit Trails installed, configured with triggers created and a scheduled data collect in place, the audited changes are available for users to view in the Fastpath Assure portal.

The first palc you can see them, and the one covered in this post, is in Data Changes (accessible from (Audit Trail » Data changes):

Data Changes

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Implementing Fastpath’s Assure Suite: Assign Permissions

FastpathThis post is part of the series on Implementing Fastpath's Assure Suite.

In the last post, I showed how to create a new user which would allow that user to log into the portal, but that would not allow them to do anything else; to allow them to do something more you need to assign permissions.

There is two ways to assign security and I find the first way to be, by far, the easiest.

Firstly, you can assign security by user (Setup » Users) by selecting the user and then by clicking the toggle next to the role to which you want to assign them:

Assign roles to users

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Implementing Fastpath’s Assure Suite: Create new portal user

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The management of Fastpath Assure is done through the Fastpath Assure portal (in the UK, the address is https://uk.fastpathassure.com/). The administrator account will be configured by Fastpath when the portal is created with additional users being created by that administrator.

To create a new user, log into the portal and open the Users page (Setup » Users). Existing users will be displayed; at the top of the view click the green plus icon to create a new user:

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Implementing Fastpath’s Audit Trail: Transfer between systems

FastpathThis post is part of the series on Implementing Fastpath's Audit Trail and is part of the parent Implementing Fastpath's Assure Suite series.

As mentioned in a previous post, triggers are created in one company and can be deployed to other companies on the same system, but in a lot of cases, you might need to create them on a development system and then deploy them to the live one.

Fastpath Audit Trails does allow you to do this via the Save Settings function available as a button on the toolbar:

Save settings button

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Implementing Fastpath’s Audit Trail: Apply triggers to other companies

FastpathThis post is part of the series on Implementing Fastpath's Audit Trail and is part of the parent Implementing Fastpath's Assure Suite series.

When selecting tables to audit in Fastpath Audit Trails you are doing so in one company database. If you are working with a multi-company system you’re generally going to want to audit the same tables in all companies and setting this up manually would be very time consuming and prone to error.

However, this is something Fastpath has thought about and included a utility to apply triggers to other databases too. To do this click (Tools » Apply Triggers to Other Companies) on the application menu:

Tools » Apply Triggers to Other Companies

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Implementing Fastpath’s Audit Trail: Apply templates

FastpathThis post is part of the series on Implementing Fastpath's Audit Trail and is part of the parent Implementing Fastpath's Assure Suite series.

A couple of psots ago I covered the creation of triggers for auditing information. This allows you to create any trigger you want, but can be a somewhat long-winded way of doing things. Fortunately, Fastpath provide a number of templates which you can apply as a shortcut.

To apply a template, click (Tools » Templates) on the application menu:

Tools menu

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Implementing Fastpath’s Audit Trail: Create Triggers

FastpathThis post is part of the series on Implementing Fastpath's Audit Trail and is part of the parent Implementing Fastpath's Assure Suite series.

Once you have tables selected for auditing, the next step is to create the triggers in the database. To create the triggers, click the Create Triggers button on the toolbar:

Audit Trails - Create trigger button

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Implementing Fastpath’s Audit Trail: Select company to audit

FastpathThis post is part of the series on Implementing Fastpath's Audit Trail and is part of the parent Implementing Fastpath's Assure Suite series.

While Audit Trails allows you to audit changes to any SQL Server database. When you first log into Audit Trails you will be prompted to login and select a database:

Select company

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Implementing Fastpath’s Audit Trail: Grant AT Access

FastpathThis post is part of the series on Implementing Fastpath's Audit Trail and is part of the parent Implementing Fastpath's Assure Suite series.

The Audit Trails software can be installed on any machines necessary and connect to the same SQL Server database. Users need to be granted access to Audit Trail in order to access the application. To do this, log into Audit Trail and click (Tools » Grant AT Access):

Tools menu

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