Process Tracking Event: 4696

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Process Tracking » Event ID 4696 - A primary token was assigned to process

Event ID 4696 - A primary token was assigned to process

Event ID 4696
Category Process tracking
Sub category Process creation
Description A primary token was assigned to process

In Active Directory, when the process is started under the authority of a different user, event ID 4696 is logged.

This log data gives the following information:

Subject: User who performed the action
  • Security ID
  • Account Name
  • Account Domain
  • Logon ID
Process Information
  • Process Name
  • Process ID
Target Process Information
  • Process Name
  • Process ID
New Token Information
  • Security ID
  • Account Name
  • Account Domain
  • Logon ID

Why event ID 4696 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 management audit reports from ADAudit Plus help in monitoring user management actions in real-time and maintaining a record of actions done by users, administrators and technicians that helps in efficient functioning of an organization.

Event 4696 applies to the following operating systems: 

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

  • Corresponding event ID for 4689 in Windows Server 2003 and older is 600

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