Windows Server 2003, VMWare VirtualCenter 2.5.
Something is continuously trying to log on to VirtualCenter using a disabled domain account; the failed logon attempts are logged by VirtualCenter in its own logs and by Windows in the Security event log. This happens roughly every minute or two. The source of the logon attempts is 127.0.0.1, so it must be some process running on the server itself.
There are no services running as this user account and no scheduled jobs on the system. The task manager doesn't show any process running under this account, either.
The user account's name is nowhere to be found in the Registry.
But some process is trying to use it, and failing. It probably is not some critical process, as everything seems to be working fine, apart from those log entries; it could just be something that was installed long ago and forgotten there.
Whatever it is, it probably is running under another user account (possibly a system one), but is actively trying to log on to VC using those credentials, which are probably saved in some configuration file, since they're not stored in the Registry.
How can I track which process is trying (and failing) those logon attempts, either by auditing Windows or VirtualCenter?