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File System (Global Object Access Auditing)

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, File System (Global Object Access Auditing), which enables you to configure a global system access control list (SACL) on the file system for an entire computer.

If you select the Configure security check box on the policy’s property page, you can add a user or group to the global SACL. This enables you to define computer system access control lists (SACLs) per object type for the file system. The specified SACL is then automatically applied to every file system object type.

If both a file or folder SACL and a global SACL are configured on a computer, the effective SACL is derived by combining the file or folder SACL and the global SACL. This means that an audit event is generated if an activity matches either the file or folder SACL or the global SACL.

This policy setting must be used in combination with the File System security policy setting under Object Access. For more information, see Audit File System.

This policy setting is available on computers running the supported versions of the Windows operating system as designated in the Applies to list at the beginning of this topic.

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