Process Tracking Event: 596

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Process Tracking » Event ID 596 - Backup of data protection master key

Event ID 596 - Backup of data protection master key

Event ID 595
Category Process tracking
Description Backup of data protection master key

In Active Directory, when the data protection master key is backed up, event ID 596 is logged.

This log data gives the following information:

  • Key Identifier
  • Recovery Server
  • Recovery Key ID
  • Failure Reason

Why event ID 596 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 596 applies to the following operating systems: 

  • Windows Server 2000
  • Windows 2003 and XP

  • Corresponding event ID for 594 in Windows Server 2008 and Vista is 4690