Account Management Event: 4761

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Account Management » Event ID 4761 - A member was added to asecurity-disabled universal group

Event ID 4761 - A member was added to asecurity-disabled universal group

Event ID 4761
Category Account management
Sub category Distribution group management
Description A member was added to a security-disabled universal group

When Active Directory objects such as an user/group/computer is added to a universal distribution group, event ID 4761 gets logged. 

This log data gives the following information:

Subject: User who performed the action Security ID
Account Name
Account Domain
Logon ID
Member: Object added to the universal distribution group Security ID
Account Name
Group: Universal distribution group to which the object was added Security ID
Group Name
Group Domain
Additional Information Privileges

Why event ID 4761 needs to be monitored?

  1. Prevention of privilege abuse
  2. Detection of potential malicious activity 
  3. Operational purposes like getting information on user activity like user attendance, peak logon times, etc.
  4. Compliance mandates
  5. Pro tip:

    ADAudit Plus alerts and tracks critical activities such as adding or removing user/group/computer to security and distribution groups, thus making Active Directory auditing much easier.  

Event 4761 applies to the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10

Corresponding event ID for 4761 in Windows Server 2003 and older is 665