Track IP/Gateway/DNS changes on Windows Server 2008

Is there a way to track changes made to a Static IP, DNS, or gateway settings on Windows Server 2008? Ideally I would like to see before and after changes.
Leverage IT ConsultingAsked:
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Cris HannaSr IT Support EngineerCommented:
I'm confused.  If they are static, why would they change?
Tony GiangrecoCommented:
Normally, the only location to find events like changes to DNS is in the system logs on your server or DNS server. Alternately, you could subscribe to a monitoring service like which will record changes and alert you by email of the change events.

Those are the only ways to view this type of event unless you install a package that records that info. I haven't seen a app like that.

Hope this info helps!
Leverage IT ConsultingAuthor Commented:
Let me clarify. I am talking about the NIC settings on Windows Server 2008. The DNS settings on the server reverted back to old settings somehow on multiple servers. We either suspect a script or an admin did it. Overall we are trying to narrow down the time window of when this may have happened.
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Cris HannaSr IT Support EngineerCommented:
You might see something in event logs, but not likely now.  Next step is to enable verbose logging and auditing for the future
Leverage IT ConsultingAuthor Commented:

What settings are needed to enable this verbose logging for the future?
Cris HannaSr IT Support EngineerCommented:
Well I was mistaken...there is not specifically an audit for changing NIC settings...but you can audit logon and logoffs and so you could see whose on a system at a given time.
Tony GiangrecoCommented:
You can subscribe to a service like this that keeps history of your dns and allows you to view changes and when they were made:

Hope this helps!
Leverage IT ConsultingAuthor Commented:
I found the solution on my own, and so for anyone checking this out down the road here is what we did.

- DNS listings are stored in the registry
"NameServer" Key for us was in: HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\InterfaceID\
- Altered the local security policy. Security Settings/Local Policy/Audit Policy/Audit object access
- Opened Regedit to the specific subkey. Right-click Permissions/Advanced/Auditing. Add the Everyone user and Success and Failed for types: Set Value, Create Subkey, Write DAC, Write Owner (Not 100% which of these was the ones I really really needed but just did the ones that looked promising and they got the job done)
- To test I went into the Network settings for the adapter and Changed 2nd DNS from to save and close
- Change back save and close
- 2 Events generated: Event ID 4657 Task Category: Registry
Looked like this:
A registry value was modified.

Security ID:      testdomain\admin
Account Name:      admin
Account Domain:     testdomain
Logon ID:      ******

Object Name:      \REGISTRY\MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\{6B52FECC-1B17-454E-8E61-89D43AEB1EF3}
Object Value Name:      NameServer
Handle ID:      0xa70
Operation Type:      Existing registry value modified

Process Information:
Process ID:      0x2ea8
Process Name:      C:\Windows\explorer.exe

Change Information:
Old Value Type:      REG_SZ
Old Value:,
New Value Type:      REG_SZ
New Value:,

Some of my web references

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Leverage IT ConsultingAuthor Commented:
Accepted my comment because full blown solutions hadn't been outlined so I researched and solved on my own
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