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Accounting vs Auditing

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  • With the risk of looking stupid, I just have to clear something out.

    According to official Microsoft content (Security Essentials), Accounting and Auditing is the same thing, yet I find multiple other sources claiming it isn't. 

    So just to sort this out and give the appropriate answer to a student of mine (which is the person with the original question), from a Windows Server perspective, would you say Accounting is just another word for Auditing (Accounting being the old term), or are there specific scenarios when one would use Accounting rather than Auditing?

    Thanks in advance :-)

    Friday, March 31, 2017 10:55 AM

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  • Hi Alexander.

    I've found this document, whilst from IBM and is a bit old page 1 gives their definitions of accounting vs auditing - https://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redbooks/pdfs/sg246020.pdf.

    I can see how these definitions can be applied across a range of systems.  E.g. in a Microsoft environment, you'd have event, DB and IIS, etc. logs as auditing data.  For accounting data you could report on user's disk quota information, or use the Hyper-V Resource Metering cmdlets to report of the number of CPU, RAM, etc. resources used by a client.

    I hope this makes sense and I'd be interested to hear other's thoughts on this.

    Stu

    Friday, March 31, 2017 9:56 PM

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  • Hi Alexander.

    I've found this document, whilst from IBM and is a bit old page 1 gives their definitions of accounting vs auditing - https://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redbooks/pdfs/sg246020.pdf.

    I can see how these definitions can be applied across a range of systems.  E.g. in a Microsoft environment, you'd have event, DB and IIS, etc. logs as auditing data.  For accounting data you could report on user's disk quota information, or use the Hyper-V Resource Metering cmdlets to report of the number of CPU, RAM, etc. resources used by a client.

    I hope this makes sense and I'd be interested to hear other's thoughts on this.

    Stu

    Friday, March 31, 2017 9:56 PM
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