the security log on this system is full only admin can login to fix

Posted on 2010-09-04
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Was there an update that I missed?  Recently I have been bombarded with this error and have to clear/reset the Security Log via Active Directory.

I dont see any recent updates or changes on these pc's  So far it s effecting WinXP boxes not Win7.

Any ideas?

Question by:mebibyte
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ID: 33605311
are your win xp machines set up for some kind of audit logging like windows xp firewall or any other or is it the security log of the server that is getting full?

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GridLock137 earned 500 total points
ID: 33605323
also on the system you are getting the message on check the follwoing:

right click on my computer> select manage> open even viewer> drill down to security log> right click and select property and under the general and filter tabs check your settings and how often you are auditing these events and also check the filters being used. there might be a domain policy set for your xp machines on the server that may be applied for these machines alone. give that a shot.

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ID: 33605389
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Author Comment

ID: 33605441
By default these pc's are set to Max Log = 512KB  | Overwrite events older than 7 days  |  Filters: Info, Warnings, Error, Success and Failure Audit.

I have to change the settings to Overwrite events as needed then it goes away.


Expert Comment

ID: 33605463
if this is one machine you could have something happening on there that could be causing the log to fill up prior to the 7 days, check the logs and see what is happening, if you have audits pointing out login failures then maybe depending on the role of this machine, something could be trying to auhtenticate to that machine for some type of service, aslo what has changed recently on this machine?

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ID: 33605476
you can also try this:


Expert Comment

ID: 33605800
If all the log entries look legit then I would increase the max log size so it can accommodate 7- 8 days worth of logs.

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