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Monitoring failed login attempts in SQL Server 2000

As failed login error reporting is disabled by default in SQL Server 2000, Security expert Steven Andres details how to enable this function.

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How can I monitor SQL Server 2000 for failed login attempts? I've tried simulating a failed SA login attempt then checking the logs but nothing seems to be captured.
Sadly, failed login error reporting is disabled by default (gasp!). I don't know why Microsoft has it setup that way, but it is. Pop into SQL Enterprise Manager, choose your server, go to properties, go to the Security tab and enable it. Once this has been activated, you'll start seeing them show up in your log files. A note of caution, the errors are notoriously brief and don't provide the amount of information that I would want if I was performing forensics on the server.
This was first published in June 2006
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