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PrintNightmare: Disabled Printer Spooler Service on DC is Re-Enabled on Server 2019

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To mitigate the PrintNightmare exploit I had disabled the Print Spooler service on our DC prior to installing the patch. I stopped the service, changed the startup type to "disabled" and make sure the Recovery options were all set to "No Action".

When I would check the server later in the day the Print Spooler would be running and the startup type would be changed back to Automatic. There are no other admins with access to the server.

The event log shows this:
Log Name:      System
Source:        Service Control Manager
Date:          7/11/2021 12:09:56 AM
Event ID:      7040
Task Category: None
Level:         Information
Keywords:      Classic
User:          SYSTEM
The start type of the Print Spooler service was changed from disabled to auto start.
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="">
    <Provider Name="Service Control Manager" Guid="{555908d1-a6d7-4695-8e1e-26931d2012f4}" EventSourceName="Service Control Manager" />
    <EventID Qualifiers="16384">7040</EventID>
    <TimeCreated SystemTime="2021-07-11T04:09:56.466397300Z" />
    <Correlation />
    <Execution ProcessID="668" ThreadID="2908" />
    <Security UserID="S-1-5-18" />
    <Data Name="param1">Print Spooler</Data>
    <Data Name="param2">disabled</Data>
    <Data Name="param3">auto start</Data>
    <Data Name="param4">Spooler</Data>

Is there a legit reason this would be happening?
Note: This is ONLY happening on my DC, other servers and workstations that I disabled the PrintSpooler service it stays disabled.

David Sankovsky
Senior SysAdmin

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