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Can someone please tell me if Backup Operators and PerfMon Users groups actually need to be given this right?  We follow DISA Stigs and this was a finding.  We need to know if they can be removed safely and if not, sound justification.  Thanks in advance.
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They can be removed unless those accounts are operating scheduled batch jobs for running backups or performance monitoring. If you're not, you can remove that right.

On the other hand, if you have scheduled backups that are running with the credentials of users in those groups or performing scheduled perfmon tasks doing the same, you would either modify those tasks to run under the system account, or note on the findings that you have system processes running that require those permissions because they are running under accounts that require those permissions. Another option is to note which accounts need this permission and grant it to them specifically or with a custom group and remove the default groups from that right.

Also, if you're not even *using* those groups (no users in either group), you can tell the auditors that those groups aren't in use and leave it at that. Having worked as a a DIACAP auditor I can tell you with complete confidence that the vast majority of DIACAP auditors don't know their own nose from a hole in the ground and don't check the configurations to make sure that a finding really is a finding. Sometimes you have to smack them with a rolled up newspaper and show them why the problem isn't a problem.
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Excellent info, thank you so much.
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