Account Management Event: 697

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Account Management » Event ID 697 - Password Policy Checking API is called

Event ID 697 - Password Policy Checking API is called

Event ID 697
Category Account management
Description Password Policy Checking API is called

In Active Directory, event ID 697 is a typical behavior and is often observed on SQL servers which can be ignored. 

This log data gives the following information:

Caller Username
Caller Domain
Caller Logon ID
Caller Workstation
Provided User Name (unauthenticated)
Status Code

Why event ID 697 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 records all modifications made on a GPO and lists these changes in a convenient and easily understandable reports. The time of change and the modification made are prominently displayed. 

Event 697 applies to the following operating systems: 

  • Windows Server 2000
  • Windows 2003 and XP