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Posted 2/11/2010 6:11:50 PM
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I created an encrypted file as an Administrator and then as another user later I logged on and tried to open the file.  I got an "Access Denied" error but to my surprise the security log for #565 showed the type "Success Audit."  I don't know why I had a positive entry.

More specifically, I had the Administrator log onto a Virtual Server (Windows 2003) and left it open.   Then I logged on as another test user using remote desktop.  I could not see the security log as that user since I did not have permissions.  (I looked into that but couldn't seem to find the settings that would give the test user a way to see the security log.  How do I do that?)

Anyway, I looked later in the Administrator's Virtual PC and I saw the security log indicate a successful logon.  What is going on?  Why is it wrong about a failure?


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Posted 2/16/2010 3:40:23 AM


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Where do I begin? 

1. 565 is not an Object Access event - it is a Directory Service access event

2. Windows doesn't log attempts to open a file unless you enable Object Access auditing AND enable auditing for that file

3. Since trying to open an EFS encrypted file is not a permissions failure I'm not sure #2 would log an event anyway

4. As to logon events, please see my free webinars on the subject at

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