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Audit account logon events

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Vista

Audit account logon events

Description

This security setting determines whether to audit each instance of a user logging on to or logging off from another computer in which this computer is used to validate the account. Account logon events are generated when a domain user account is authenticated on a domain controller. The event is logged in the domain controller's security log. Logon events are generated when a local user is authenticated on a local computer. The event is logged in the local security log. Account logoff events are not generated.

If you define this policy setting, you can specify whether to audit successes, audit failures, or not audit the event type at all. Success audits generate an audit entry when an account logon attempt succeeds. Failure audits generate an audit entry when an account logon attempt fails.

To set this value to No auditing, in the Properties dialog box for this policy setting, select the Define these policy settings check box and clear the Success and Failure check boxes.

If success auditing for account logon events is enabled on a domain controller, an entry is logged for each user who is validated against that domain controller, even though the user is actually logging on to a workstation that is joined to the domain.

Default: Success.

Configuring this security setting

You can configure this security setting by opening the appropriate policy and expanding the console tree as such: Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Audit Policy\

For specific instructions about how to configure auditing policy settings, see Define or modify auditing policy settings for an event category.

 

Account Logon Events Description

672

An authentication service (AS) ticket was successfully issued and validated.

673

A ticket granting service (TGS) ticket was granted.

674

A security principal renewed an AS ticket or TGS ticket.

675

Preauthentication failed. This event is generated on a Key Distribution Center (KDC) when a user types in an incorrect password.

676

Authentication ticket request failed. This event is not generated in Windows XP or in the Windows Server 2003 family.

677

A TGS ticket was not granted. This event is not generated in Windows XP or in the Windows Server 2003 family.

678

An account was successfully mapped to a domain account.

681

Logon failure. A domain account logon was attempted. This event is not generated in Windows XP or in the Windows Server 2003 family.

682

A user has reconnected to a disconnected terminal server session.

683

A user disconnected a terminal server session without logging off.

For more information about security events, see Security Events on the Microsoft Windows Resource Kits Web site.

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