Account Management Event: 685

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Account Management » Event ID 685 - Account Name Changed

Event ID 685 - Account Name Changed

Event ID 685
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 685 gets logged.

This log data gives the following information:

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 685 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:

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

Event 685 applies to the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2000
  • Windows 2003 and XP

Corresponding event ID for 685 in Windows Server 2008 and Vista is 4781