Office 365 Reporting For Duty SirThe Reports page of the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center offers users a number of audit reports across both SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and Azure Active Directory (AD). Users can view the following report types on the Report page:
Office 365 Audit LogOriginally the Office 365 Activity Report until April 2016, changes to the Office 365 Security & Compliance Center have made the audit log the primary source of viewing user and administrator activity across Office 365. The audit log is unified, meaning users can search for activity from the following locations:
- SharePoint Online (user & admin activity)
- OneDrive for Business (user activity)
- Exchange Online (user activity)
- Azure Active Directory (admin activity)
- Sway (user & admin activity)
Search-UnifiedAuditLogFor more flexibility over your analysis, you can use the Search-UnifiedAuditLog cmdlet within Exchange Online PowerShell. The unified audit log contains events from Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business and Azure AD. By using the Search-UnifiedAuditLog, you can search for all events in a specified date range, or you can filter the results based on specific criteria. There’s also the ability to run scoped queries against the audit storage log and export those logs to a file. To run this cmdlet, you need to be assigned a certain set of permissions beforehand. You’ll find a full list of parameters, input types and return types, on TechNet.
Office 365 Management APIs
Office 365 Management Activity APIIn 2015, Microsoft brought out the Office 365 Management Activity API to provide visibility of both user and administrator transactions encompassing the entirety of Office 365. A RESTful API, Management Activity API grants users access to over 150 transaction types and activity logs from SharePoint and Exchange Online and Azure AD. For both of these capabilities, Microsoft plan to continue adding to the services over time.
Office 365 Service Communications APIReleased in preview mode, this API replaces the old Service Communications API to provide service health information to tenant administrators and partners. Improving on the old version, the new Service Comms API also harnesses built-in REST APIs to deliver a consistent and complete platform experience in the cloud.
Get on the Right PathData collected in audit logs can paint a useful picture of what actions have (or haven’t) occurred in a Site or Site Collection, and can be stored for later review at any time. So, whether it’s determining changes to permissions, checking whether a document has been reviewed or items have been deleted or restored, Office 365 logs and reports can help you be the brains behind a healthy and organized site.
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