I have another department logging onto a server without authorization. I want to determine if they added a feature without following the proper procedure.


You can use Event Viewer for this. Open Event Viewer, then expand Windows Logs, and click on Setup.

You'll want to create a filter that looks for these keywords: Microsoft-Windows-ServerManager or just ServerManager or Event IDs 1611 & 1610. Preferably filtering for the event IDs.

For Roles, look for event ID 1611

For Features, look for event ID 1610

Example of Features added screenshot in the Event Viewer on my lab server:

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See here as well.

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  • Is this valid for features too? – MVCylon May 7 '14 at 18:48
  • Yes, see my answer edits. Look for Event ID 1610 (Features) instead of 1611 (Roles) – Brad Bouchard May 7 '14 at 19:02
  • Were you able to try it yet @MVCylon ? – Brad Bouchard May 7 '14 at 20:34
  • Worked like a charm! – MVCylon May 9 '14 at 14:25
  • Glad to hear it. – Brad Bouchard May 9 '14 at 14:42

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