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Audit Specific Folders on Windows 2003 Server

Posted on 2007-03-21
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Here are the facts:

I have a server that holds a ton of information that is accessed by 5000 employees
I want to audit object access on one folder, and one folder only

I have seen a lot of information on this subject and they all say the same thing:

Step One - Go to the group policy editor and turn on successful events for Audit Object Access
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Step Two - Go to the folder I want to audit and add the group or users I want to audit,  then select the "actions" you want to audit

I have already learned that doing step two without step one produces zero results. HERE IS THE REAL QUESTION. If I do step one, but dont define a folder to audit, will it start filling up my security log with stuff, OR, Is step two required to get any results at all.

Thanks in advanve for your help.

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Question by:phishyman2
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Jay_Jay70 earned 250 total points
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step two is required...... you have to have both configured or nothing will work
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by:zorba111
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NO !!

If you do step 1 on its own, you get a whole load of access events by default for things you haven't even told the system you want to monitor !!

I  think that a lot of things like the registry and system folders log acces events as soon as a GPO enables a "Object Access Policy".
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