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Securing Group Policy from unauthorized changes

Posted on 2011-09-22
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Good afternoon everyone,

I work in a mid size company where there are two of us that have full domain administrative rights.  My counterpart as he is refered to has no experience with network administration, no training, no certifications and likes to just jump in and see what happens by changing settings.

THe problem is I am tired of trying to figure out what has been changed, why and why wasn't I told.  And, like most situations with rogue admins they claim the ole 'I didn't change anything!'.

So what I need to find is a way to lock this person out of the group policy settings and or to have a log or notification that a policy has been modified.  Is there an easy way to do this without buying hardware or software?

thanks
ME
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Mike Kline earned 500 total points
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You can enable auditing and then use event triggers to send you notifications

event 566 in 2003 It is 566 for 2003, see this question I helped with   http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/File_Servers/Active_Directory/Q_24534479.html

corresponding to 566 in 2008   http://www.ultimatewindowssecurity.com/securitylog/encyclopedia/event.aspx?eventid=566

More on forwarding the event here  http://portal.sivarajan.com/2010/04/generate-email-alert-to-event-attach.html

The ultimate answer is to train him up or take away admin rights.

Thanks

Mike
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As you have mentioned that you both are having admin rights and if you both are using the same admin userid then create seperate domain admin id account for each  and configure audit Active Diretory object to keep track of users which are given rights to perform certain activities on AD.
Reference KB article:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/814595
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc731607(WS.10).aspx

Event id 566 will be logged if GP is change see sample log in the link provide below.
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ericfitz/archive/2005/08/04/447951.aspx

Note:Active Directory audit logs can show you who made changes to what object attributes if it si not enabled the events will not be logged.



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