Audit file/folders for changes on server 2008 r2

I have found some information regarding file/folder auditing and have come up short.

I want to audit a specific folder on our network for files and folders that have been moved or deleted. The guides that I have looked at tell me to go to administrative tools > local security policy > expand local policies > select audit policy. The option to enable any of the sections is greyed out.
I would need to know how to fix this.

I also need to know how to setup auditing for a certain group - lets say the group is sales or marketing or administrators. When a user who is part of this group(s) moves a file/folder or deletes a file/folder where is the information stored - which log is it and how do I view it so that it makes sense?

Any help would be appreciated.


 local policy
jchongers71Network TechnicianAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Hi, if it's greyed out, I would suspect you have some domain policy that's preventing it from being enabled.  Run RSOP.msc and see what might be affecting those settings.

Also, see here for information on auditing:

There's a section three quarters of the way down that is titled
Enabling and editing Audit on Files and Folders

and it shows adding auditing for specific groups or users.


jchongers71Network TechnicianAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info and link. However the information is for server 2000, I am using 2008 r2.
jchongers71Network TechnicianAuthor Commented:
Also, when I run RSOP.msc the settings are also greyed out on those screens as well. Is this normal?
Active Protection takes the fight to cryptojacking

While there were several headline-grabbing ransomware attacks during in 2017, another big threat started appearing at the same time that didn’t get the same coverage – illicit cryptomining.

David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
rsop is the result of the policy it does not allow you to change things..
RSOP won't allow you to change things, but you should see which domain policy has affected the settings.  It should say which policy has configured it....
jchongers71Network TechnicianAuthor Commented:
I believe what I need to change is Audit Object Access - According to RSOP Audit object access is set to No auditing, Source GPO = Default Domain Controllers Policy.

whats the next step?
If your Default Domain Contollers policy is setting it to No Auditing, you will need to get it changed to what you need.  If the Domain Controllers policy is in effect, does that mean you want to set up auditing *on* a domain controller? I'm not sure of the impact auditing would have on a domain controller, but you won't want to consume too many system resources on it....

There's more information here:



Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows Server 2008

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.