User-ID and Windows clients running GPO's with another useraccount !

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User-ID and Windows clients running GPO's with another useraccount !

L1 Bithead

Hi ppl !

We have a problem regarding User-Id and the security log from windows AD. Normally when the user logs in on a windows pc and connect to AD, the USer-Id and ip > username  maps correct.

The problem occurs when a "GPO" on the client starts up with system privilegies and another user account (administrator rights account). These gpo's runs with the same user privilegies on all clients on a schedule.

The user > ip mapping in windows security log will then contain the "adminstrator" user and the original user will no longer exists until the user himself connects to AD (open the fileshare/connect to exchange).

The result is that the user will loose connection until he reconnect to AD and the user > ip is correct again.

I have configured the firewall to ignore the user that runs the GPO and the result is that i have no "source user" in monitor and the session is dropped in FW.

If i dont ignore the user, a lot of computer will get internet connections with the same user-id. This will compromise our security policy.

Hope some of you have any ideas how to solve this problem.



L6 Presenter

You can enable WMI polling (make sure to have Netbios polling disabled) of the clients but I dunno if that will fix this case where wrong userid is mapped to the current srcip.

Hi Mikand !

The problem with WMI polling is that we have a lot of computer and the WMI polling will create a massive overhead on the network (5000-7000 computers online)

What about if you install the PAN-agent on each DC so it becomes a 1:1 relationsship between DC and PAN-agent?

This way you can configure your PAN-agent to only tail the security log from localhost (and by that no network traffic) along with the WMI-polling.

I assume only the already known ip addresses will be polled to verify if the user is still logged on at the client and that shouldnt be too much traffic (because with about 7000 clients I assume you have more than 2 DC-boxes and the way Microsoft AD functions only the DC closest to the client (or rather the one who replies fastest) will be the one which will log the particular client in its security log).

Ref PaloAlto :

"In large deployments, it is important to set the probe interval properly to allow time to probe eac...

We dont use pan-agent. The agent run on the appliance (ver 5.0.4)

L4 Transporter

If a system account performs an authentication to the AD server then the user mapping will change.  You can configure the Agent to ignore specific user accounts on the domain by configuring the ignore list.  If the ignore list was configured for the "administrator" account in this case, the Agent would not create a mapping for that account whenever it authenticates.

See document:

What about remote support such as RDP or such?

Where the support dude/dudette login to the /console on the client who wish assistence to help out through remote administration or for that matter bounce through a SCCM server (or whatever they are called).

I would think that a domain account being used for RDP would need to be excluded as well or the agent would think a new user logged in and would update the mappings as needed. 

The agent is simply looking for particular events hitting the security log on the domain controller.  If the client machine authenticates a remote support session (or any other non-interactive login) in the same way that a normal login would be processed then the Agent has no way to differentiate between the two.  The only capability the Agent has is to exclude specific usernames that are not being used for a normal user login so service accounts don't cause the active user's mapping to be overwritten.

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