Auditing is a project-level feature that enables model administrators to record model changes in Enterprise Architect.
By enabling this option, you can view information on changes such as:
- Who changed an element
- How many elements they changed
- When they changed the data
- What the previous values were, and
- What type of elements they changed.
Auditing does not record changes to RTF Templates, Model Documents, Baselines or Profiles.
The Auditing facility is available in the Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, System Engineering and Ultimate editions.
If your site runs separate editions of Enterprise Architect, when Auditing is turned on in a project any Desktop or Professional edition users are locked out of the project. To restore access, turn Auditing off in the project from a Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering or Ultimate edition instance of Enterprise Architect.
To quickly enable auditing and see it in action, see Auditing Quickstart.
Once auditing is enabled within a project, you have a variety of options available for customizing what is recorded by the audit. See Audit Settings for more information on the different settings available.
The Audit View
To view what has been recorded by the audit, use the Audit View, which provides an interface to everything recorded by auditing.
If security is enabled, you must have Audit View permission to display data in the Audit View.
You can also obtain a snapshot of selected items in the model, using the Model View facility. In the Corporate, Business and Software Engineering, Systems Engineering or Ultimate editions of Enterprise Architect, this facility enables you to automatically generate this snapshot at intervals and, if there are changes in the items collected by the defined search, to trigger a notification to you of such changes. This enables you to monitor work flow and other events of concern to you.
You can generate an RTF report that includes the audit history information for the selected element or package, by choosing the basic + audit RTF template.
Using Auditing, you can track changes to an element or connector over time. However, enabling Auditing also enables an Audit History tab in the system Output window, which summarizes all changes made to the selected element or connector.
By enabling auditing on a project, you increase the time taken for most actions. For most modeling tasks, this increase is insignificant. However, there are some instances where the difference is more substantial. See Performance Issues for more information.