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Event ID: 4776 Source: Microsoft-Windows-Security-Auditing
|Type: Failure Audit|
The domain controller attempted to validate the credentials for an account.
Authentication Package: MICROSOFT_AUTHENTICATION_PACKAGE_V1_0
Logon Account: xyzxyz
Source Workstation: Servername
Error Code: 0xc000006a
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In one situation, this event along with event id 4625 were being recorded 290 times per day, showing C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe as the calling process and the admin account as the failing to login due to a wrong password. All the services were configured to run the Local System account. It turned out that the culprit was a batch file scheduled to run every 5 minutes using the Microsoft Task Scheduler. At some point, the admin password was changed and the task started failing at every run attempt. Once the password was updated, the messages stopped.
This event can be recorded if the screen is locked and the user is trying to "wake-up" the computer by pressing the Enter key. This is equivalent to entering a blank password (so the login would fail).
Error code 0xc000006a means that the username is correct, but the password is wrong.
One user was getting this when he tried to map a drive to a share located behind a firewall. According to the user, the problem was not the firewall but the local security policies.
In Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options the option Network Security: LAN Manager authentication level was set to Send NTLMv2 Response only. Refuse LM & NTLM.
Once this was changed to Send LM & NTLM - use NTLMv2 session security if negotiated and he was able to use the local account credentials to map the drive from the server. Send NTLMv2 response only. Refuse LM also worked.
EV100172 (4776: The domain controller attempted to validate the credentials for an account) provides a description of this type of event and the various fields used in it.
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