Topic Last Modified: 2010-01-25

The Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager monitors the Windows Application log on computers running Exchange 2010 and generates this alert when the events specified in the following Details table are logged.

To learn more about this alert, in Operations Manager, do one or more of the following:


Product Name


Product Version

14.0 (Exchange 2010)

Event ID


Event Source

MSExchange ADAccess

Alert Type


Rule Path

Microsoft Exchange Server/Exchange 2010/Common Components/Active Directory Access

Rule Name

The server doesn't have the Audit Security privilege on a domain controller. This privilege is used by ADAccess. Run policytest.exe. See KB 314294.


This Warning event indicates that the Exchange server specified in the event description does not have the Audit Security Privilege on the domain controller specified in the event description. DSAccess will not use the domain controller specified in the event description until this warning is fixed. The possible causes of this event include the following:

  • A recent permissions change removed the rights required for the Exchange Security Group to enable DSAccess to communicate with Active Directory.

  • Exchange groups such as Exchange Servers and Exchange Enterprise Servers were moved out of default Users container.

User Action

To resolve this warning, do one of more of the following:

  • Run the policytest.exe utility. This utility is located in the \Setup\ServerRoles\Common folder on the Microsoft Exchange Server CD. The policytest.exe utility produces a list of domain controllers and reports the presence or absence of the required privilege on these domain controllers.

    If policytest.exe reports that the required privileges are found on all domain controllers, review the System log on the domain controller to try to determine the root cause of this problem.

    If the policytest.exe indicates that the required privileges are not present, do the following:

    1. Open the Microsoft Management Console and add the Group Policy Management Editor snap-in. Then, click Browse and select Domain Controllers from the Domains, OUs and linked Group Policy Objects list. Click OK twice and then click Finish. Click OK to close the Add or Remove Snap-ins window.

    2. In the console tree, expand Local Computer Policy, Windows Settings, Security Settings and Local Policies. Under Local Policies, click User Rights Assignments.

    3. In the results pane, double-click Manage auditing and security log. Verify that the Exchange Servers group is listed.

  • Make sure that the Exchange server is still a member of the Exchange Domain Servers group.

  • Make sure that the group permissions are inherited by the Microsoft Exchange computer account.

For more information about Security Privilege issues and the policytest.exe tool, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 314294, XADM: Exchange 2000 Error Messages Are Generated Because of SecurityPrivilege Right and Policytest Issues.

For More Information

If you are not already doing so, consider running the Exchange tools created to help you analyze and troubleshoot your Exchange environment. These tools can help make sure that your configuration aligns with Microsoft best practices. They can also help you identify and resolve performance issues, improve mail flow, and better manage disaster recovery scenarios. To run these tools, go to the Toolbox node of the Exchange Management Console. To learn more about these tools, see Managing Tools in the Toolbox.