As you are likely aware Office 365 provides a wealth of abilities to review reports of all the activities that users (and admins) are doing in Office 365. This is accessible by administrators via the Security & Compliance Center. You can read more about these reports from Microsoft.
Recently we were using this to get download activities from SharePoint but hit a snag when trying to restrict the results to a specific site. The answer was actually backwards to the interface.
In the Security & Compliance Center Audit Log search, you can review results for activities by activities, a date range, by user or by filename, folder or site. In my case, we were trying to view files that had been downloaded by anyone on any library in a specific site. Easy right? Wrong! Do what Microsoft events tell you and paste the full URL of the site (i.e. https://tenant.sharepoint.com/sites/HR) and click search:
Huh? That’s not what we’re told:
What that SHOULD say is to use the RELATIVE URL, not the full URL. In other words, just drop the https://tenant.sharepoint.com from the front. If you paste the remainder you will get results (i.e. /sites/hr):
Thanks Microsoft for the clear messaging! If you need help figuring out the Security & Compliance Center or the rest of Office 365 just reach out to us, we’re happy to help better understand your tenant!
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