Updated: July 3, 2013
Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8
This topic for the IT professional describes the Advanced Security Audit policy setting, Audit Logoff, which determines whether the operating system generates audit events when logon sessions are terminated.
These events occur on the computer that was accessed. In the case of an interactive logon, these events are generated on the computer that was logged on to.
There is no failure event in this subcategory because failed logoffs (such as when a system abruptly shuts down) do not generate an audit record.
Logon events are essential to understanding user activity and detecting potential attacks. Logoff events are not 100 percent reliable. For example, the computer can be turned off without a proper logoff and shutdown; in this case, a logoff event is not generated.
Event volume: Low
If this policy setting is configured, the following events appear on computers running the supported versions of the Windows operating system as designated in the Applies To list at the beginning of this topic, in addition to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista.
An account was logged off.
User initiated logoff.