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How to Track User Activities in Microsoft Fabric

Track User Activities in Microsoft Fabric : Microsoft Fabric is a new analytics platform that integrates various services and tools from Power BI, Azure Synapse, and Azure Data Factory into a single unified experience. It enables you to perform data engineering, data science, data warehousing, real-time analytics, and business intelligence tasks with ease and efficiency.

However, to ensure the security and compliance of your Microsoft Fabric environment, you need to track and record user activities and events. In this blog post, we will show you how to use the Power BI activity log and the unified audit log to track user activities in Microsoft Fabric.

What are the Power BI activity log and the unified audit log?

The Power BI activity log and the unified audit log are two options to track user activity in Microsoft Fabric. They are both accessible from the Microsoft 365 Security & Compliance portal.

The Power BI activity log is a report that shows the history of user and admin activities in your Power BI tenant. It includes information such as the date and time of the activity, the user who performed the activity, the item that was affected by the activity, and the operation that was performed. You can use the Power BI activity log to monitor usage, troubleshoot issues, or investigate incidents.

The unified audit log is a report that shows the history of user and admin activities across various Microsoft 365 services, including Microsoft Fabric. It includes information such as the date and time of the activity, the user who performed the activity, the service that was involved in the activity, and the details of the activity. You can use the unified audit log to meet regulatory compliance, records management, or legal requirements.

How to Enable Microsoft Fabric for Your Organization

How to track user activities in Microsoft Fabric?

To track user activities in Microsoft Fabric, you need to have either the global administrator or the Power Platform administrator role assigned to you. You also need to enable auditing in your organization before you can access the logs.

To enable auditing in your organization, follow these steps:

  1. In the Microsoft 365 Security & Compliance portal, select Audit > Audit log search.
  2. If you see a banner that says “Start recording user and admin activity”, select Turn it on.
  3. Wait for a few hours for the auditing to be enabled.

To access the Power BI activity log, follow these steps:

  1. In the Microsoft 365 Security & Compliance portal, select Audit > Audit log search.
  2. In the Activities list, select Show results for all activities or select specific activities related to Power BI.
  3. Specify a date range and optionally add filters for users, items, or operations.
  4. Select Search.
  5. Review the results in a table or download them as a CSV file.

To access the unified audit log, follow these steps:

  1. In the Microsoft 365 Security & Compliance portal, select Audit > Audit log search.
  2. In the Activities list, select Show results for all activities or select specific activities related to Microsoft Fabric.
  3. Specify a date range and optionally add filters for users, items, or operations.
  4. Select Search.
  5. Review the results in a table or download them as a CSV file.

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FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about tracking user activities in Microsoft Fabric:

  • Q: What are the prerequisites for using Microsoft Fabric?
  • A: You need to have a Power BI Premium license or an Azure Synapse Analytics license to use Microsoft Fabric.
  • Q: How much does Microsoft Fabric cost?
  • A: Microsoft Fabric is included in your Power BI Premium or Azure Synapse Analytics license. There is no additional cost for using it.
  • Q: How can I learn more about Microsoft Fabric?
  • A: You can check out the following resources for more information about Microsoft Fabric:
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