Account Management Event: 654

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Account Management » Event ID 654 - Security Disabled Global Group Changed

Event ID 654 - Security Disabled Global Group Changed

Event ID 654
Category Account management
Sub category Security group management
Description A security-disabled global group was changed

When a global distribution group is changed in Active Directory, event ID 654 gets logged. 

This log data gives the following information:

Subject: User who performed the action Security ID
Account Name
Account Domain
Logon ID
Group: Changed global distribution group Security ID
Group Name 
Group Domain
Attributes SAM Account Name
SID History
Additional Information Privileges

Why event ID 654 needs to be monitored?

  • Prevention of privilege abuse
  • Detection of potential malicious activity
  • Operational purposes like getting information on user activity like user attendance, peak logon times, etc.
  • Compliance mandates

Pro tip:

ADAudit Plus audits, reports, and alerts group management actions performed on distribution and security groups making Active Directory auditing much easier.

Event 654 applies to the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2000
  • Windows 2003 and XP

Corresponding event ID for 654 in Windows Server 2008 and Vista is 4750

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