How to configure granular audit policies for Logon Auditing

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Question How to configure granular audit policies for Logon Auditing (Windows Vista or later)?

 
Answer In Windows Server 2008 R2, Server 2012 and Windows 7, granular audit policies are integrated with the Group Policies, so they can be applied via a Group Policy Object (GPO) or Local Security Policies.

A. Applying Granular Audit Policies via Local Policies

To apply granular audit policies via Local Policies, perform the following:
1. On a monitored server, open the Local Security Policy snap-in (navigate to Start->Run and type ‘secpol.msc’).

2. Navigate to Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options and locate the Audit: Force audit policy subcategory settings (Windows Vista or later) policy.

3. Double-click this policy and select the Enabled option.

4. Navigate to Security Settings -> Advanced Audit Policy Configuration -> System Audit Policies  

5. Set the subcategories below to Success and Failure:
- Logon\Logoff -> Audit Other Logon/Logoff Events 
- Logon\Logoff -> Audit Logon
- Logon\Logoff -> Audit Logoff
- Account Management -> Audit User Account Management
 
6. Update your Group Policies by executing the gpupdate /force command in the command line interface.
Note: You can check your current effective settings by executing the following command:
auditpol /get /category:*

7. In Netwrix Logon Reporter, navigate to the Advanced tab. Select the "Enable granular audit policies checking" option and click Apply.


B. Applying Granular Audit Policies via Group Policies

In order to apply a granular audit policy configuration via a Group Policy Object (GPO), you must have a Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controller or member server with the Group Policy Management Console installed. For instructions on how to do this, refer to the following technical article by Microsoft: Advanced Security Audit Policy Step-by-Step Guide
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