Trim audit log to Improve Performance in SharePoint

Found SharePoint content databases are growing even when no content was added from the user side. I was analyzing SharePoint Database growth, went ahead, and generated disk space report from SQL Server Management Studio (Right-click the database, choose Reports >> Standard Reports >> Disk Usage by Table) which gave me the clear picture: AuditData table was growing rapidly and occupying more disk space.
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This is because the auditing feature is turned ON for several Months and Audit logs are stored in the AuditData table of the content database. The auditing feature is great, but it can take so much disk space in the long run, and we definitely want to put some cap to preserve system resources, especially database disk space.

SharePoint 2010 provides the interface to specify the number of days to retain audit logs and also provides an option to export the audit logs before truncate.
sharepoint 2010 trim audit logSo, we can adjust the settings to export and clear the audit logs in an interval.

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Delete All Audit Logs using PowerShell

So, You noticed the logs are filling the disk space and want to delete all the audit logs, isn’t it? No issues, Let’s call PowerShell to rescue. Let’s delete all audit entries that happened before 30 days.

$site = Get-SPSite -Identity
#To Get Yesterday
$date = Get-Date
$date = $date.AddDays(-30)
#Delete Audit logs

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How to trim the audit log in SharePoint?

In MOSS 2007 (after sp2), We have to manually do this trimming with: STSADM -o trimaudtilog.
After executing the above stsadm command, shrink the database manually to regain the disk space.

stsadm -o trimauditlog -enddate 20120101 -databasename WSS_Content_Func_Finance

These trimming operations could cause blocks in the database, which can prevent SharePoint sites from loading.
STSADM -o TrimAuditLog Reference

The above method of trimming audit log doesn’t provide any way to export the audit log. So here is the workaround, Object model code which exports the audit logs programmatically and deletes!

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack is a SharePoint Architect with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with the SharePoint community, through his real-world articles!

2 thoughts on “Trim audit log to Improve Performance in SharePoint

  • January 12, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    So its not a document management system if you trim information on who did what when.. might as well use a file share it would be cheaper..

  • December 3, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    This is a brilliant article, helped us a lot in reducing the size of our database and increasing the site performance.


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