SQL Server Audit is capable of capturing both failed and successful logins and writing them to one of three places: the application event log, the security event log, or the file system. We will use it to capture any login attempt to SQL Server, as well as any attempts to change audit policy. This will also serve to be a second source to record failed login attempts.

By utilizing Audit instead of the traditional setting under the Security tab to capture successful logins, we reduce the noise in the ERRORLOG. This keeps it smaller and easier to read for DBAs who are attempting to troubleshoot issues with the SQL Server. Also, the Audit object can write to the security event log, though this requires operating system configuration. This gives an additional option for where to store login events, especially in conjunction with an SIEM.

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This control is used in the following benchmarks:


To deliberately skip this control (e.g. meaning don’t use Puppet to enforce this setting), we provide you with three ways:

1) Add mssql_secured::controls::sql_server_audit_is_set_to_capture_both_failed_and_successful_logins: skip to your hiera data. This will skip this control for ALL databases.
2) Add mssql_secured::controls::sql_server_audit_is_set_to_capture_both_failed_and_successful_logins::dbname: skip to your hiera data. This will skip this control for specified database only.
3) Add an entry with the content sql_server_audit_is_set_to_capture_both_failed_and_successful_logins to the array value mssql_secured::skip_list in your hiera data.


Attribute Name Short Description
title The database to apply the control to.


The database to apply the control to.

All controls need an database to apply the control to. Here is a simple example:

mssql_secured::controls::control_name {'MSSQLSERVER':}

In this example, the string DB is the database to apply the control to.

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