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Operating System->Microsoft Windows->Built-in logs->Windows 2008 or higher->Security Log->DS Access
DS Access
This category contrains events of a user accessing an Active Directory object that has its own system access control list (SACL) specified. It allows to track the following actions:
  • Creation, Deletion of objects
  • Changing properties of objects
  • Changing security permissions on objects
  • Directory Service Replication

Whereas events from the Account Management category allow to track changes only to such objects as Users, Computers and Groups, events from this categroy allow to cover all AD object classes and also track changes down to the level of each individual property of an object.

Note: It is not recommended to enable auditing for the entire Category. Use auditpol.exe utility to manage auditing on Subcategory level.

Log Type: Windows Event Log
 Uniquely Identified By:
Log Name: Security
Filtering Field Equals to Value
OSVersion Windows Vista (2008)
Windows 7 (2008 R2)
Windows 8 (2012)
Windows 8.1 (2012 R2)
Windows 10 (2016)
Category DS Access
Source Microsoft-Windows-Security-Auditing
Field Matching
FieldDescriptionSample Value
DateTime Date/Time of event origination in GMT format. 10.10.2000 19:00:00
Source Name of an Application or System Service originating the event. Security
Type Warning, Information, Error, Success, Failure, etc. Success
User Domain\Account name of user/service/computer initiating event. RESEARCH\Alebovsky
Computer Name of server workstation where event was logged. DC1
EventID Numerical ID of event. Unique within one Event Source. 576
Description The entire unparsed event message. Special privileges assigned to new logon.
Log Name The name of the event log (e.g. Application, Security, System, etc.) Security
Task Category A name for a subclass of events within the same Event Source.
Level Warning, Information, Error, etc.
Keywords Audit Success, Audit Failure, Classic, Connection etc.
Category A name for an aggergative event class, corresponding to the similar ones present in Windows 2003 version. Account Logon
Object Name
Object Type
Class Name
Security ID
Account Name
Account Domain