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The following analytic utilizes PowerShell Script Block Logging (EventCode=4104) to identify the execution of the Get-DomainController commandlet. Get-DomainController is part of PowerView, a PowerShell tool used to perform enumeration on Windows domains. Red Teams and adversaries alike may use PowerView to enumerate domain computers for situational awareness and Active Directory Discovery.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-09-02
  • Author: Mauricio Velazco, Splunk
  • ID: 676b600a-a94d-4951-b346-11329431e6c1


ID Technique Tactic
T1018 Remote System Discovery Discovery
`powershell` EventCode=4104 (Message = "*Get-DomainController*") 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by EventCode Message ComputerName User 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `getdomaincontroller_with_powershell_script_block_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

To successfully implement this analytic, you will need to enable PowerShell Script Block Logging on some or all endpoints. Additional setup here

Required field

  • _time
  • EventCode
  • Message
  • ComputerName
  • User

Kill Chain Phase

  • Reconnaissance

Known False Positives

Administrators or power users may use this PowerShell commandlet for troubleshooting.


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
24.0 30 80 Remote system discovery with PowerView on $dest$ by $user$


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