Audit system events

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

Audit system events


This security setting determines whether to audit when a user restarts or shuts down the computer or when an event occurs that affects either the system security or the security log.

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 a system event is executed successfully. Failure audits generate an audit entry when a system event is attempted unsuccessfully.

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.


  • Success on domain controllers.

  • No auditing on member servers.

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.

System Event Messages Description


Windows is starting up.


Windows is shutting down.


An authentication package was loaded by the Local Security Authority.


A trusted logon process has registered with the Local Security Authority.


Internal resources allocated for the queuing of security event messages have been exhausted, leading to the loss of some security event messages.


The audit log was cleared.


A notification package was loaded by the Security Accounts Manager.


A process is using an invalid local procedure call (LPC) port in an attempt to impersonate a client and reply or read from or write to a client address space.


The system time was changed.


  • This audit normally appears twice.

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

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