Account Management Event: 4781

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Account Management » Event ID 4781 - The name of an account was changed

Event ID 4781 - The name of an account was changed

Event ID 4781
Category Account Management
Sub category User account management
Description The name of an account was changed

When the name of an account is changed in Active Directory, event ID 4781 gets logged.

Subject: User who performed the action Security ID
Account Name
Account Domain
Logon ID
Target Account Security ID
Account Name
Account Domain
Old Account Name
New Account Name
Additional Information Privileges

Why event ID 4781 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

Pro tip:

User history reports from ADAudit Plus provides information on all the change actions done on a selected user during his life cycle.

Event 4781 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 4781 in Windows Server 2003 and older is 685