Event ID 851 – A change has been made to the Windows Firewall application exception list.
Any change made to the Windows Firewall application exception list triggers event 851. The change in the list can be of any type—it can be the addition, modification, or deletion of an application exception. These changes are generally instituted by an administrator or a group policy refresh.
This log data provides the following information:
- Policy Origin
- Profile Changed
- Change Type
- New Settings - Name
- New Settings - Path
- New Settings - State
- New Settings - Scope
- Old Settings - Name
- Old Settings - Path
- Old Settings - State
- Old Settings - Scope
Why does event ID 851 need to be monitored?
- To monitor the new application exceptions which were created locally
- To monitor the application exception modifications which were carried out locally
- To monitor all deletions of Firewall application exceptions which were done locally
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Event 851 applies to the following operating systems:
- Windows Server 2000
- Windows 2003 and XP
Corresponding event IDs in Windows 2008 and Windows Vista are 4946, 4947, and 4948.