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Audit Kerberos Authentication Service

Published: July 3, 2013

Updated: July 3, 2013

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

This topic for the IT professional describes the Advanced Security Audit policy setting, Audit Kerberos Authentication Service, which determines whether to generate audit events for Kerberos authentication ticket-granting ticket (TGT) requests.

If you configure this policy setting, an audit event is generated after a Kerberos authentication TGT request. Success audits record successful attempts and Failure audits record unsuccessful attempts.

Event volume: High on Kerberos Key Distribution Center servers

Default: Not configured

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.


Event ID Event message


A Kerberos authentication ticket (TGT) was requested.


Kerberos preauthentication failed.


A Kerberos authentication ticket request failed.

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