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Monitor the Central Access Policies that Apply on a File Server


Applies To: Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8

This topic for the IT professional describes how to monitor changes to the central access policies that apply to a file server when using advanced security auditing options to monitor dynamic access control objects. Central access policies are created on a domain controller and then applied to file servers through Group Policy management.


The contents of this topic apply to the list of supported Windows operating systems designated in the Applies To list at the beginning of this topic.

Use the following procedures to configure and verify security auditing settings that are used to monitor changes to the set of central access policies on a file server.The following procedures assume that you have configured and deployed dynamic access control, including central access policies, and claims in your network. If you have not yet deployed dynamic access control in your network, see Deploy a Central Access Policy (Demonstration Steps).


Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings.

To configure settings to monitor changes to central access policies

  1. Sign in to your domain controller by using domain administrator credentials.

  2. In Server Manager, point to Tools, and then click Group Policy Management.

  3. In the console tree, right-click the flexible access Group Policy Object, and then click Edit.

  4. Double-click Computer Configuration, double-click Security Settings, double-click Advanced Audit Policy Configuration, double-click Policy Change, and then double-click Other Policy Change Events.


    This policy setting monitors policy changes that might not be captured otherwise, such as central access policy changes or trusted platform module configuration changes.

  5. Select the Configure the following audit events check box, select the Success check box (and the Failure check box, if desired), and then click OK.

After you modify the central access policies on the domain controller, verify that the changes have been applied to the file server and that the proper events are logged.

To verify changes to the central access policies

  1. Sign in to your domain controller by using domain administrator credentials.

  2. Open the Group Policy Management Console.

  3. Right-click Default domain policy, and then click Edit.

  4. Double-click Computer Configuration, double-click Policies, and then double-click Windows Settings.

  5. Double-click Security Settings, right-click File system, and then click Manage CAPs.

  6. In the wizard that appears, follow the instructions to add a new central access policy (CAP), and then click OK.

  7. Use local administrator credentials to sign in to the server that hosts resources that are subject to the central access policies you changed.

  8. Press the Windows key + R, then type cmd to open a Command Prompt window.


    If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Yes.

  9. Type gpupdate /force, and press ENTER.

  10. In Server Manager, click Tools, and then click Event Viewer.

  11. Expand Windows Logs, and then click Security. Verify that event 4819 appears in the security log.

Using Advanced Security Auditing Options to Monitor Dynamic Access Control Objects