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Servoy provides the ability to log any data change or data read in a table in Servoy. This data is stored in a table specified in the database and can be reported, displayed, and used within a Servoy solution.

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Configuring Audit Logging

Configuring Servoy for audit logging is done in the database server connection pages. Any database server can contain the log table. To enable a server to be the log server, select Log Server in that database server's configuration editor.

The log table can be a table with all the other data tables for the solution, or it could be in its own separate database server. Some reasons for having a separate database server for the log table include:

  • As the audit log table could be very large, it can be stored separately from the other data tables. 
  • The log database could be optimized separately for inserting records, as audit logging is primarily inserting records into the log.
  • Separate backup or archive strategy for the audit log database.
  • Optimal performance - The tracking feature does decrease performance. The speed impact on the solution largely depends on the back-end database the developer is using.

Once the database server has been decided, check the Log Server box and click the Create Log Table button. A table named 'log' will be created in the database server. Now audit logging is available for any table in the resources project (or on the application server for Servoy Server).

To log any changes or views for a table, do the following:

  1. open the table in the table editor
  2. select the Security tab, and select the desired group
  3. select the Explicit settings and enable the Tracking(Insert/Update/Delete) and/or Tracking(Select) option.
    If Tracking(Insert/Update/Delete) option is enabled any adds, edits, or deletes to the table will be tracked for the selected group.
    If Tracking(Select) is enabled any views of data to the table will be tracked for the selected group.

Tracking views of data is HIPAA Security Rule compliant.

Using Audit Log Data

As the log table is simply another database table, a developer can build forms against the log table to allow users the ability to read and work with the data.  Data within the audit log could also be used to access any changed record in the database.

Below are descriptions of every column in the log database.

  • event_time - The time the change occured
  • log_id - The auto incrementing ID of the log table
  • log_action - The type of action that occurred. 1=delete; 2=insert (or add); 3=update(changed record); 4=view(data read)
  • server_name - Name of the DB server registered in the preferences window
  • table_name - Name of the table affected by the action
  • column_name - Name of the column (field) affected by the action
  • pk_data - Primary key data for the record being changed/viewed. Format: x.yyyy; x=number of characters in the key. y=the actual key value. Multiples are separated by semicolons
  • old_data - The old data value before the change (will be null for views)
  • new_data - The new data value after the change or the data that is read from database
  • user_uid - The UID value for the user making the action.  This can be set during the login process or is stored in the repository if using basic authentication.

Logging Client statistics

The registering and deregistering of clients will be logged in a table called client_stats in the log server (if the table exists).This table can be created using the "Create Client Statistics Table" button in the server editor for the log server. By default this table uses servoy-sequence for its primary key generation. This can be modified to other generators (like UUID or database-sequence). Currently, database-identity is not supported.

You can stop the logging in the client statistics table from admin page settings, under Admin Settings category. Logging client statistics is enabled by default. Below are the descriptions of every column in client_stats table

  • pk_id - an integer primary key
  • server_ip - IP of ther Application Server
  • server_name - server host name
  • total_clients_running - total number of connected clients at the moment of the logging
  • client_id - client id
  • start_time - connection time, if is a client connect event
  • stop_time - disconnect time, if is client disconnect event
  • extra_info - security column that can be used to check if information was altered
  • user_uid - uuid of user that is logged in the client



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