Consolidated logging provides detailed data about the activity of all users in a repository.
Activity Logs record most of the operations with a document for each user (see a detailed list of included actions). Repository administrators can download the logging information or receive it by email. The file format allows importing the information into database software such as SQL Server or Access.
Each document also includes a separate History. This document-level History provides more information about user actions than the records in the Repository Activity Log. Learn More about Document History.
Note: A log can include activity anywhere from one day up to 90 days. If you download a large amount of data, we strongly recommend reducing the number of days for a single request. We also advise selecting the Compress the log file check box on the Activity Logs page.
The log is created in real time mode, so if a user changes something and you immediately print the log for the current day, it will show the changes which have just taken place.
In the upper-right corner, select your name > Admin > Activity Logs:
The Activity Logs page will appear as follows:
The email address defaults to the current user’s email address. The date range defaults to the first and last dates of the previous month. These fields accept all the date formats allowed by date fields on the Edit Profile dialog box. The beginning date cannot be more than 90 days prior to the current date, and the end date cannot be later than the current date or earlier than the beginning date.
After making necessary edits, select Request to submit a request.
The subject of the activity log email message will be “NetDocuments Log Processor <service name>”. The message body will say:
“The attached log file contains activity data for the dates <starting date> to <ending date> in the <repository name> repository.”
The activity records are sent as an XML attachment to the email message. We suggest that you open the file in Excel or a database program such as SQL or Access to have the data in an easy-to-read format.
Note: Activity Log Requests can also be submitted programmatically using the REST API.
Warning: If you have not downloaded the logging data within 90 days, it is no longer available prior to that. So you should download a report at least every 90 days in order to not miss data that has been generated for the logging file.
What actions are included in the Consolidated Activity Log?
- Creating or adding a new document (create)
- Printing a document via the NetDocuments print option (open)
- Opening a document via the web interface or ND2 interface (open)
- Downloading a document via the Client API (saved)
- Emailing a copy of a document (email copy)
- Viewing a document (view)
- Viewing a secure document link (view)
- Downloading a document via a secure link (saved)
- Launching a document in a client-side application (like Workshare) (open)
- Opening or downloading a document via WebDAV (open)
- Downloading a document (including the Mass Export Utility) (saved)
- The Download option (save local)
- Send a document delivery link (deliver)
- Saving an edited document (save)
- Edited document (edited)
- Moving a document to a different workspace, folder, or filter using Move/Copy
- Moving a document to a different cabinet in the same repository (cabinet move)
- Moving a document to a cabinet in a different repository (cabinet move)
- Copying a document (copied)
- Locking a version of a document (lock version)
- Editing a document's profile (change profile value)
- Modifying a document's access list (change access list)
- Changing a document's ACL frozen status
- Deleting a document (delete)
- Creating a new version (new version)
- Email Link
- Making a ShareSpace that is currently accessible in just one cabinet accessible in another cabinet
- Moving a document to a ShareSpace
- Sign a document
- Approve a document
Note: Many of the actions that involve downloading a document to the workstation will NOT be logged if the current version of the document is already present in the Echo location because in that case, a copy of the document is not downloaded again.
All dates and times use UTC time so you will have to convert that to your local time zone. The records are not in any particular order. Notes-type custom attributes are not included. The format of the data will be similar to this:
repositoryId = "Repository GUID"
repositoryName = ”repository name”
startDate = ”ISO formatted start date”
endDate = ”ISO formatted end date”
activity date = ”ISO formatted date/time”
name = ”open, view, save, etc.”
host = "IP Address of the action"
id = ”user GUID”
name2 = ”user’s display name”
memberType = ”I, E, or N”
docId = ”nnnn-nnnn-nnnn”
name3 = "item name"
size = ”doc size”
fileExtension = ”file extension”
version = "n"
cabinet = "cabinet GUID"
name4 = "cabinet name"
attribute value = "Client"
NetBinder = "ShareSpace name" (if in a ShareSpace)
Attached below is a sample report in .xlsx format. This sample report includes most of the items listed above.