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I am having problems trying to audit a third party app with a SQLServer backend.

The app manages users and user access via a SQL table, using a single SQL login to access the databases.

I am trying to audit this by using the Host PID much like Windows Task Manager associates a PID and Owner for every process.

Here is what I have attempted and tried

  • I was able to figure out how to extract the app.exe PID.
  • I cannot figure out how to get the Windows Owner associated to that PID.
  • I have tried using xp_cmdshell to query the Windows tasklist and even wrote a .Net console app which gets called by SQL to collect the information but every time I try to extract the Owner it is blank.

Any thoughts on how I can get the Owner?

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We went through this same exercise... as that 3rd-party app vendor; single SQL login, Windows apps, need to audit the user that's logged in. We ended up modifying the software to collect the data we need. –  Jon Seigel Sep 7 '12 at 21:49
If the app is run from the users desktop (as opposed to a web app for example) then you could use the hostname to identify which workstation the connection is coming from. –  Kenneth Fisher Jul 1 '13 at 20:00

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I assume your app is doing the user/password check as you said it manages the users. With extended events you can audit the login and every needed field.

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