Audit process tracking

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

Audit process tracking


This security setting determines whether to audit detailed tracking information for events such as program activation, process exit, handle duplication, and indirect object access.

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 the process being tracked succeeds. Failure audits generate an audit entry when the process being tracked 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.

Default: No auditing

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.

Event Event Description


A new process was created.


A process exited.


A handle to an object was duplicated.


Indirect access to an object was obtained.


A data protection master key was backed up.


  • The master key is used by the CryptProtectData and CryptUnprotectData routines, and Encrypting File System (EFS). The master key is backed up each time a new one is created. (The default setting is 90┬ádays.) The key is usually backed up to a domain controller.


A data protection master key was recovered from a recovery server.


Auditable data was protected.


Auditable data was unprotected.


A process was assigned a primary token.


A user attempted to install a service.


A scheduler job was created.

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

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