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I have random users at random time that are getting lockout. I used TechNet tool "LockOutStatus" to figure out that the originating lockout DC is in one particular site. That site has our exchange server. I am thinking that a device like an tablet or phone is locking the device.

I used OWA to remove any uknown device from there account. The problem is still happening.

Is there a way to find out what computer or device is locking the AD account?
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by:Brad Bouchard
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I don't know about finding the device, but turn off ActiveSync for all users in Exchange and then see if these accounts get locked out again.  If they don't, then your suspicion is true.
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Probably a device is attempting to connect to their owa account and failing.
Trying following instructions in this article to log exchange log in failures.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ff381463.aspx.
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I can't disable ActiveSync at the moment.
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I will try to enable auditing on the exchange servers.  Thank you guys for the suggestions.
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by:Md. Mojahid
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Have you implement any GPO in your organization.
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by:CodnameBlack
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Yes, it is likely a device that is locking the account out.  I would remove all devices for the users active sync, and have them re add the account.
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@Md, Mojahid

Not in a few months.
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I look the security logs on out DCS for even 4740 and found that the account was getting lock by a web server. I'm not sure why, but we are looking into it.
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Also we are having the same problems with another domain. its part of a different forest. Can AD replication cause this?
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Should have if it's in a different domain, even in the same Forest.
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I found out what was the problem. It seems that my problem has been related to different things. Such as users logging in our internal sites with wrong passwords, users that have Mail (mac) configured and never changed the client with the new password and administrators logging into servers and never logging out.

To fix the problem with administrators I set a gp to kill any session that have been disconnected for longer than an hour.

I also configured a task to run on all my DCs that will alert me when a users gets lockout. That help me identify the problem. The link is bellow for anyone else that has this problem.

http://www.gavinwill.me.uk/2012/08/automatic-notification-for-active-directory-account-lockouts/
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