Audit User Account Management

Applies to

  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2016

Audit User Account Management determines whether the operating system generates audit events when specific user account management tasks are performed.

Event volume: Low.

This policy setting allows you to audit changes to user accounts. Events include the following:

  • A user account is created, changed, deleted, renamed, disabled, enabled, locked out or unlocked.

  • A user account’s password is set or changed.

  • A security identifier (SID) is added to the SID History of a user account, or fails to be added.

  • The Directory Services Restore Mode password is configured.

  • Permissions on administrative user accounts are changed.

  • A user's local group membership was enumerated.

  • Credential Manager credentials are backed up or restored.

Some events in this subcategory, for example 4722, 4725, 4724, and 4781, are also generated for computer accounts.

Computer Type General Success General Failure Stronger Success Stronger Failure Comments
Domain Controller Yes Yes Yes Yes This subcategory contains many useful events for monitoring, especially for critical domain accounts, such as domain admins, service accounts, database admins, and so on.
We recommend Failure auditing, mostly to see invalid password change and reset attempts for domain accounts, DSRM account password change failures, and failed SID History add attempts.
Member Server Yes Yes Yes Yes We recommend monitoring all changes related to local user accounts, especially built-in local Administrator and other critical accounts.
We recommend Failure auditing, mostly to see invalid password change and reset attempts for local accounts.
Workstation Yes Yes Yes Yes We recommend monitoring all changes related to local user accounts, especially built-in local Administrator and other critical accounts.
We recommend Failure auditing, mostly to see invalid password change and reset attempts for local accounts.

Events List:

  • 4720(S): A user account was created.

  • 4722(S): A user account was enabled.

  • 4723(S, F): An attempt was made to change an account's password.

  • 4724(S, F): An attempt was made to reset an account's password.

  • 4725(S): A user account was disabled.

  • 4726(S): A user account was deleted.

  • 4738(S): A user account was changed.

  • 4740(S): A user account was locked out.

  • 4765(S): SID History was added to an account.

  • 4766(F): An attempt to add SID History to an account failed.

  • 4767(S): A user account was unlocked.

  • 4780(S): The ACL was set on accounts which are members of administrators groups.

  • 4781(S): The name of an account was changed.

  • 4794(S, F): An attempt was made to set the Directory Services Restore Mode administrator password.

  • 4798(S): A user's local group membership was enumerated.

  • 5376(S): Credential Manager credentials were backed up.

  • 5377(S): Credential Manager credentials were restored from a backup.