Audit Account Lockout

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

This security policy setting allows you to audit security events generated by a failed attempt to log on to an account that is locked out.

If you configure this policy setting, an audit event is generated when an account cannot log on to a computer because the account is locked out. Success audits record successful attempts and failure audits record unsuccessful attempts.

Account lockout events are essential for understanding user activity and detecting potential attacks.

Event volume: Low

Default setting: Success

If this policy setting is configured, the following event is generated. The event appears on computers running Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, or Windows Vista.

Event ID Event message


An account failed to logon.