Directory Service Event: 4661

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System Event » Directory Service Event: 4661

Event ID 4661: A handle to an object was requested.

Description The event is generated when a SAM object is opened.
Category Object access
Subcategory SAM

The event logs the following information:

  • Security ID
  • Account Name
  • Account Domain
  • Logon ID
  • Object Server
  • Object type
  • Object name
  • Handle ID
  • Process ID
  • Process name
Access request information
  • Transaction ID
  • Accesses
  • Access Mask
  • Privileges Used for Access Check
  • Properties
  • Restricted SID Count

Related events:

When the object is closed you get event ID 4658 with the same handle ID.

Corresponding event in 2003 and earlier versions: Event 565

Pro tip:

ADAudit Plus helps in tracking deletion of directory service objects, besides security principals, such as OU, GPO, container, contact, DNS node, etc.

Event 4661 applies to the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 and 7
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 and 8.1
  • Windows Server 2016 and 10

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