Active Directory User Auditing – Simple

For my Audit report, I had to create an audit list about creating,deleting,disabling,enabling,locking, unlocking my AD users.

Since we haven’t had a SCOM on our premises, I hade to come up with something that will trigger an e-mail to me with an event.
First of all you have to enable user auditing on Default GPO.


After that, I connected to my primary domain controller and created an Powershell script (with a little help from which sends an e-mail in HTML form to me, with some parameters.
First of all, it creates HTML file with a table, which then populates from Security Event under Event ID 4740. After it populates HTML file, this table sets as an body, and sends it to email addresses.

   1: #$DC = "DCServerName" 
   2: $Report= "C:\Admin\lockedaccount\locked.html" 

   3: $HTML=@" 

   4: <title>Account locked out Report</title> 

   5: <style> 

   6: BODY{background-color :#FFFFF} 

   7: TABLE{Border-width:thin;border-style: solid;border-color:Black;border-collapse: collapse;} 

   8: TH{border-width: 1px;padding: 1px;border-style: solid;border-color: black;background-color: ThreeDShadow} 

   9: TD{border-width: 1px;padding: 0px;border-style: solid;border-color: black;background-color: Transparent} 

  10: H2{color: #457dcf;font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size: medium; margin-left: 40px; 

  11: </style> 

  12: "@ 

  13: $Account_Name = @{n='Account name';e={$_.ReplacementStrings[-1]}} 

  14: $Account_domain = @{n='Account Domain';e={$_.ReplacementStrings[-2]}} 

  15: $Caller_Computer_Name = @{n='Caller Computer Name';e={$_.ReplacementStrings[-1]}} 

  16: $event= Get-EventLog -LogName Security -ComputerName $DC -InstanceId 4740 -Newest 1 | 

  17:    Select TimeGenerated,ReplacementStrings,"Account name","Account Domain","Caller Computer Name" | 

  18:    % { 

  19:      New-Object PSObject -Property @{ 

  20:       "Account name" = $_.ReplacementStrings[-7] 

  21:       "Account Domain" = $_.ReplacementStrings[5] 

  22:       "Caller Computer Name" = $_.ReplacementStrings[1] 

  23:       Date = $_.TimeGenerated 

  24:     } 

  25:    } 

  26:   $event | ConvertTo-Html -Property "Account name","Account Domain","Caller Computer Name",Date -head $HTML -body  "<H2> User is locked in the Active Directory</H2>"| 

  27:      Out-File $Report -Append 

  28: $MailBody= Get-Content $Report 

  29: $MailSubject= "User Account locked out" 

  30: $SmtpClient = New-Object 

  31: $ = "" 

  32: $MailMessage = New-Object 

  33: $MailMessage.from = “” 

  34: $MailMessage.To.add(“ 

  35: $MailMessage.Subject = $MailSubject 

  36: $MailMessage.IsBodyHtml = 1 

  37: $MailMessage.Body = $MailBody 

  38: $SmtpClient.Send($MailMessage) 

  39: del C:\Admin\lockedaccount\locked.html 

After creating this powershell script, the next step is to create an Event Trigger which will send this e-mail.
This is done through Task Scheduler.


This trigger works when Event with 4740 ID is generated in Security Event Viewer.


-command "& 'C:\Admin\lockedaccount\account_locked_out.ps1' "

The final result is this:



Now, you can do this with Unlock account 4767, or Disable account 4725 or deleted 4726etc.
I found out this site with lists of Event IDs : link

Good Luck

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