Solved

AD account keeps locking out

Posted on 2009-03-31
10
2,207 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
I have a user account that is getting locked out about every 5secs, we have a lockout policy set on 5 invalid attempts.
The user has changed his password as per our password ageing policy and since then it keeps locking out. I'm assuming it's because there is another process that is trying to access his account using the old password so I looked in the event viewer on the DC and I don't see any events logged for the account locking

I have set the Domain policy to log all logon failures but the only event I see is for Success Audit, how do I get logon failures to display in the event viewer, and any other event I might need to track down the offending process?
0
Comment
Question by:BrianFord
10 Comments
 
LVL 7

Expert Comment

by:maze-uk
ID: 24029893
0
 
LVL 8

Expert Comment

by:dmarinenko
ID: 24029910
Under event viewr, right click on security, and go to properties.
Then under I believe filter, check the audity failed logins.

Also look under the services (Services.msc after clicking run in the start menu)
Make sure there aren't services running under that account
0
 

Author Comment

by:BrianFord
ID: 24029915
I have that tool, but it doesn't tell me where the process that's trying to logon is coming from, it just lets me un-lockit, unless I'm using the tool wrong
0
Are your AD admin tools letting you down?

Managing Active Directory can get complicated.  Often, the native tools for managing AD are just not up to the task.  The largest Active Directory installations in the world have relied on one tool to manage their day-to-day administration tasks: Hyena. Start your trial today.

 

Author Comment

by:BrianFord
ID: 24029945
I have tried the filter, there are NO Audit Failures being logged
0
 
LVL 7

Accepted Solution

by:
maze-uk earned 250 total points
ID: 24029978
follow the white rabbit, brian :-)

ALTools.exe contains tools that assist you in managing accounts and in troubleshooting account lockouts. Use these tools in conjunction with the Account Passwords and Policies white paper.
ALTools.exe includes:
AcctInfo.dll. Helps isolate and troubleshoot account lockouts and to change a user's password on a domain controller in that user's site. It works by adding new property pages to user objects in the Active Directory Users and Computers Microsoft Management Console (MMC).

ALockout.dll. On the client computer, helps determine a process or application that is sending wrong credentials.
Caution: Do not use this tool on servers that host network applications or services. Also, you should not use ALockout.dll on Exchange servers, because it may prevent the Exchange store from starting.

ALoInfo.exe. Displays all user account names and the age of their passwords.

EnableKerbLog.vbs. Used as a startup script, allows Kerberos to log on to all your clients that run Windows 2000 and later.

EventCombMT.exe. Gathers specific events from event logs of several different machines to one central location.

LockoutStatus.exe. Determines all the domain controllers that are involved in a lockout of a user in order to assist in gathering the logs. LockoutStatus.exe uses the NLParse.exe tool to parse Netlogon logs for specific Netlogon return status codes. It directs the output to a comma-separated value (.csv) file that you can sort further, if needed.

NLParse.exe. Used to extract and display desired entries from the Netlogon log files.
0
 

Author Comment

by:BrianFord
ID: 24030116
Thanks maze, I guess I need to learn how to use this tool :)
however, how come I don't see any audit failures showing in the event log?
 
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:BrianFord
ID: 31564869
Thanks, I managed to find the offending process :)
0
 
LVL 7

Expert Comment

by:maze-uk
ID: 24039806
did you check all the DCs? Use EventcombMT for that: gather specific events on all (or limited set) DCs...
0
 

Author Comment

by:BrianFord
ID: 24039892
yes, I managed to find the offending connection, thanks for your help :)
0
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:KETTANEH
ID: 24730230
i've faced similar issue with one user before. his machine was infected with a virus.
0

Featured Post

Netscaler Common Configuration How To guides

If you use NetScaler you will want to see these guides. The NetScaler How To Guides show administrators how to get NetScaler up and configured by providing instructions for common scenarios and some not so common ones.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

SHARE your personal details only on a NEED to basis. Take CHARGE and SECURE your IDENTITY. How do I then PROTECT myself and stay in charge of my own Personal details (and) - MY own WAY...
Last week, our Skyport webinar on “How to secure your Active Directory” (https://www.experts-exchange.com/videos/5810/Webinar-Is-Your-Active-Directory-as-Secure-as-You-Think.html?cid=Gene_Skyport) provided 218 attendees with a step-by-step guide for…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of transferring the five major, necessary Active Directory Roles, commonly referred to as the FSMO roles from a Windows Server 2008 domain controller to a Windows Server 2012 domain controlle…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of transferring the five major, necessary Active Directory Roles, commonly referred to as the FSMO roles to another domain controller. Log onto the new domain controller with a user account t…

770 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question