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Attempting to STIG a Windows 7 laptop.  We loaded the Non-Compliance Report – U_Windows_7_V1R19_STIG_Benchmark in the Security Automation Compliance Checker (SCAP) 3.1.1.1.  First analyzation of the system with no remediation returned a 31% compliancy reading.  We’ve gotten the compliance status up to 87.22% but need to get it to at least 95% to be acceptable.  What is holding us back right now are false positives for the following examples (there are 30 of these):
•Audit - Credential Validation - Success
The system will be configured to audit "Account Logon -> Credential Validation" successes. - (CCE-9725-3) - Error
•Audit - Credential Validation - Failure
The system will be configured to audit "Account Logon -> Credential Validation" failures. - (CCE-9718-8) - Error
•Audit - Computer Account Management - Success
The system will be configured to audit "Account Management -> Computer Account Management" successes. - (CCE-9498-7) - Error
•Audit - Computer Account Management - Failure
The system will be configured to audit "Account Management -> Computer Account Management" failures. - (CCE-9608-1) - Error

Explanation example-When configuring the setting in gpedit under Computer Configuration-Windows Settings-Security Settings-Advanced Audit Policy Configuration-System Audit Policy-Audit Logon, according to the STIG, the key, Audit Credential Validation should be set at ‘Enabled’ with both ‘Success’ and ‘Failure’ checked.  However, enabling the policy and checking both ‘success’ and ‘failure’ returns error messages as shown above and prevents us from achieving the 95% compliance.  Does anyone have a workaround for this issue or have seen this before?
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Does it do that when you attempt it manually?

Is the computer joined to the domain?  If so, that policy element might be set on a domain policy and enforced.
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Yes, we are attempting it manually.  We use the version 1 rev 19 Windows 7 benchmark STIG with SCAP and then complete it with the manual STIG in Stigviewer.

No, the computer is not joined to a domain.  It is a standalone utility laptop.  It will not join a domain at any time.  It will only connect to our out-of-bank network to receive WSUS updates, run Retina scans, etc.
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Discovered the solution.  Needed to configure all of the settings using auditpol.  Thanks
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Auditpol settings worked.
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