Beginning with SQL Server 2008 you can set the database engine to automatically audit at several levels. All the tools and processes required to easily and successfully configure such flexible and comprehensive level of auditing, so that your system complies with whatever government or standard requirements your installation must adhere to, are available out of the box with the Enterprise Edition (or a Developer Edition or an Evaluation Edition, both of which behave exactly like the Enterprise does. The only difference among them three is their licensing.)

This post is part of the a series I decided to call “Understanding the value of the Enterprise Edition, one feature at a time” which I started in September 2011 and will grow on a weekly basis, having a new post incorporated to the family every Friday.