On a recent project, we had some issues around go-live where production content was being overwritten, deleted or changed. We needed to figure out what was causing these issues quickly, as this was affecting author productivity and could potentially cause content issues if the wrong content went live.
At the time, we used queries in CRXDELite to search the AEM Audit Log for events to diagnose the issue, however I felt like there had to be some better way. Surprisingly, AEM does not include a way to search the Audit Log in a GUI.
Donating to ACS AEM Commons
Since this was clearly a need, I created an Audit Log search console and donated it to the ACS AEM Commons project, an Open Source collection of tools and utilities for the AEM platform maintained by Adobe.
The Audit Log Search console was accepted and is now available in ACS AEM Commons version 3.7.0 and newer for AEM 6.2 and version 2.10.0 and newer for AEM 6.0.
Using Audit Log Search
To use the Audit Log Search:
- Download AEM ACS Commons version 3.7.0 or later if you are using AEM 6.2+ or version 2.10.0 if you are using AEM 6.0 or 6.1
- Navigate to /etc/acs-commons/audit-log-search.html on your environment
- Enter your search parameters
- Click the
Search Audit Logbutton
This will perform the search and return the results in a table below.
You can read more on the ACS AEM Commons website. Hopefully this helps you more easily track down whom changed what and when in your AEM instance.