Assigning Permission To Read the Registry Key

NOTE: This permission is required only if the account selected for data collection is not a member of the Domain Admins group.

This permission should be assigned on each domain controller in the audited domain, so if your domain contains multiple domain controllers, it is recommended to assign permissions through Group Policy, or automatically using Audit Configuration Assistant.

To assign permissions manually, use the Registry Editor snap-in or the Group Policy Management console.

To assign permission via the Registry Editor snap-in

  1. On your target server, open Registry Editor: navigate to Start Run and type "regedit".

  2. In the left pane, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControl Set\Services\EventLog\Security.

  3. Right-click the Security node and select Permissions from the pop-up menu.
  4. Click Add and enter the name of the user that you want to grant permissions to.

  5. Check Allow next to the Read permission.

    NOTE: For auditing Logon Activity, you also need to assign the Read permission to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SECURITY\Policy\PolAdtEv registry key.

To assign permission using the Group Policy Management console

  1. Open the Group Policy Management console on any domain controller in the target domain: navigate to Start Windows Administrative Tools (Windows Server 2016/2019) or Administrative Tools (Windows 2012 R2 and below) → Group Policy Management.
  2. In the left pane, navigate to Forest: <forest name>Domains <domain name>Domain Controllers. Right-click the effective domain controllers policy (by default, it is the Default Domain Controllers Policy), and select Edit .

  3. In the Group Policy Management Editor dialog, expand the Computer Configuration node on the left and navigate to Policies Windows SettingsSecurity SettingsRegistry.

  4. Right-click in the pane and select Add Key.

  5. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SECURITY\Policy\PolAdtEv and click OK.

  6. Click Add and enter the name of the user that you want to grant permissions to and press Enter.

  7. Check Allow next to the "Read" permission and click OK

  8. In the pop-up window, select Propagate inheritable permissions to all subkeys and click OK.

  9. Repeat the steps 4-8 for keys below:

    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurePipeServers\winreg;
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\EventLog\Security.
  10. Close Group Policy Management console.

  11. Navigate to Start Run and type "cmd". Input the gpupdate /force command and press Enter. The group policy will be updated.
  12. Type repadmin /syncall command and press Enter for replicate GPO changes to other domain controllers.
  13. Ensure that new GPO settings were applied to the domain controllers.