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Receiving a "ton" of annoying (looks like related event messages) on a Backup server: Windows 2008R2 / Backup Exec 2012 (RAM - 16GB, Swap File - 25GB)

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Event ID:1  
The backing-file for the real-time session "Eventlog-Security" has reached its
maximum size. As a result, new events will not be logged to this session until
space becomes available. This error is often caused by starting a trace session in
real-time mode without having any real-time consumers.

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EventTracker Alert - 11/12/13, 23:04:37
Alert Name: Audit event records discarded

Event Time: 2013-11-12 23:03:24.
Type: AuditOK.
Computer: BACKUP
Source: Microsoft-Windows-Security-Auditing
EvtID: 4612
User: N/A\N/A
Descr: Internal resources allocated for the queuing of audit messages have been exhausted, leading to the loss of some audits.

Number of audit messages discarded:      12623

This event is generated when audit queues are filled and events must be discarded.  This most commonly occurs when security events are being generated faster than they are being written to disk, or when the auditing system loses connectivity to the event log, such as when the event log service is stopped.


How to eliminate it?

Thank you
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You have too much auditing enabled on your filesystem. So much in fact that even Windows can't keep up with it when your backup process is underway.

What is audited is located under the Advanced Security settings for the folder, drive, whathaveyou. It behaves in the same way that NTFS permissions do.

In order to see what is being audited, you will need to go to the folder or drive in question, right click on it, go to properties. Then go to the Security tab, then click on the Advanced button at the bottom. Then click on the Auditing tab and check what is audited there.

Seems like you have a lot of Success auditing going on based on the limited info in the event log. Perhaps you need to refine what is audited so that not so much noise is generated.
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by:cohhelp
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Rechecked all drives, nothing is set for audit.
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Can you go through your Security log and see what is at least making it to the security log there and then double-check those files for their auditing behavior.

It is also possible that the logs are being shipped to that computer from another computer.
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we were expecting step-by-step "fix", but ... got just general concepts
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Of course. This is how things are solved, on a case-by-case basis.

There is no one-webpage-fixes-all for your case. If that were so, you could simply use google to solve the problem.
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