EventID 21: Session logon succeeded

This event, logged to the Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-LocalSessionManager/Operational channel, is logged when an RDP connection is successfully authenticated.

This event is logged on the destination endpoint.

Analysis Value

pageUsernamepageEvidence of Network ActivitypageSource Identification

Operating System Availability

Major VersionSupportMajor VersionSupport

Windows 11

Server 2019

Windows 10

Server 2016

Windows 8

Server 2012

Windows 7

Server 2008

Windows Vista

Server 2003

Windows XP

Artifact Location(s)

  • %SystemRoot%\System32\Winevt\Logs\Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-LocalSessionManager%4Operational.evtx

Artifact Interpretation



This field logs only the username and domain that the RDP connection was attempting to establish a session for.


This field provides the source IP address of an RDP session.


This field provides the Session ID, which can be used to correlate between other events in the same log provider.

System/Correlation ActivityID

Provides the ActivityID for the RDP session.

Analysis Tips

Correlation by ActivityID

This event logs an ActivityID, available in the XML path System/Correlation ActivityID. This may be used to correlate activity between other events logged that are related to this activity, such as:

EventID 1149: User Authentication Succeeded

RDP Activity Timeline

Together with EventID 24: Session has been disconnected, by correlating the SessionID field of both events, one can determine the start and end time of an RDP session.


- <Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
- <System>
  <Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-TerminalServices-LocalSessionManager" Guid="{5d896912-022d-40aa-a3a8-4fa5515c76d7}" /> 
  <TimeCreated SystemTime="2023-07-12T12:01:05.5944806Z" /> 
  <Correlation ActivityID="{f4204024-08a2-45cd-951b-f756f64b0000}" /> 
  <Execution ProcessID="1440" ThreadID="18112" /> 
  <Security UserID="S-1-5-18" /> 
- <UserData>
- <EventXML xmlns="Event_NS">

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