Audit: Audit the access of global system objects

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Audit: Audit the access of global system objects


This security setting determines whether to audit the access of global system objects.

If this policy is enabled, it causes system objects, such as mutexes (mutual exclusive), events, semaphores (locking mechanisms used inside resource managers or resource dispensers), and DOS devices, to be created with a default system access control list (SACL). If the Audit object access audit policy is also enabled, access to these system objects is audited.


  • When configuring this security setting, changes will not take effect until you restart Windows.

Default: Disabled.

Configuring this security setting

You can configure this security setting by opening the appropriate policy and expanding the console tree as such: Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options\

For specific instructions about how to configure security policy settings, see Edit security settings on a Group Policy object.

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