How to enable usage reports in SharePoint 2013/2016

The objective of this article is to walk you through, how to enable usage log reports in SharePoint 2013. In the same way, also we can enable sharepoint 2016 usage reports.

This is very important while providing audit reports and security team. SharePoint admin should be able to provide all the user’s information who are accessing the sites and when did they access all the information at any point in time. Without enabling the usage report log option we couldn’t be able to generate any data.

Enable usage reports SharePoint 2013/2016

Please follow the below steps to enable/configure the usage report log in SharePoint 2013.

Log on to any SharePoint web front end server as FARM administrator.

Open SharePoint central admin with run as administrator.

Click on Monitoring.

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Click on Configure usage and health data collection.

Monitoring -> Reporting -> Configure usage and health data collection.

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Select the checkbox “Enable usage data collection” under Usage Data Collection.

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Select all the required checkboxes as part of Events to log as per the business need.

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In this page, we also mention the path for log file default path is:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\LOGS\

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Enable “Health Data Collection” if you weren’t to see any health reports.

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This health and usage log reports will be logged by default to a DB in the same DB server.

enable usage reports sharepoint 2013

With the below query we can get some usage report

select top 1000 ServerUrl, UserLogin, LogTime, RowCreatedTime
from [WSS_Logging].[dbo].[RequestUsage]
where 1=1
and LogTime >= '2016-09-09'
order by LogTime desc
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This SharePoint tutorial, we learned how to enable usage log report in SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint 2016.

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Krishna Vandanapu

I am Krishna.Vandanapu a SharePoint architect working in IT from last 13+ years, I worked in SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and Office 365. I have extensive hands on experience in customizing SharePoint sites from end to end. Expertise in SharePoint migration tools like Sharegate, Doc Ave and Metalogix. Migrated SharePoint sites from SharePoint 2007 to 2010 and 2010 to 2013 several times seamlessly. Implementing CSOM with Microsoft best practices. Spent quality time in configuring SharePoint application services like User Profile, Search, Managed Meta data services etc. Now exploring SharePoint Framework and SharePoint 2019