History of users for a particular userid.

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I have an userid (username) which is named after a job function and there were changes on the actual owner of the Id. Is there a report or log that I can view who was the actual owner of the Id during a certain period of time? All I can get from the User Information System reporting tool is the latest owner of the Id. What is your say in naming userids by their job functions or by their names? Your reply is very much appreciated as it will greatly assist my audit trail. Thank you.
ASKED: March 2, 2005  11:43 PM
UPDATED: March 4, 2005  7:54 AM

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It is vital that user accounts not be shared, so that personal accountability exists. Therefore, a change in person should involve a change in account name as well as a change in password – otherwise the new person can alter the old person’s work.

What information you can get out of your user management system is dictated by its database layout, its audit trails (plus backup retention). If you are lucky, the data you want is there, but you may have to do something special to get at it.

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  • Bobkberg
    I don't know of a way to do this, but what I would recommend for future practice is to create a group with the attributes/permissions you wish, and then assign users to the group on an as-needed basis. Other posters have already described the why. Bob
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  • InfoSafety
    Do you have an authorization process in your organization? Worst case, if you have a paper trail, you can trace the previous owner. With the proper database query tool, you should be able determine the previous owner, if that information is retained. If your organization deals with money and/or confidential information, you have to have an audit trail. For future reference, your userids should always uniquely identify the individual owner, and these should never be reused. Good luck. Craig Herberg
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