Changing the farm administrator password RRS feed

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  • hi -  i'm using only one account to manage SharePoint (no managed accounts set up yet).   What are the steps involved to change the password for this farm account?   This account was also used to setup/install/configure SharePoint.    Can I just go to Central Admin > Security > Configure managed accounts and add a new password here?   i assume I then just go to all Windows services that are using this account and change the logon password for them?    am i missing anything else?   thanks
    • Edited by XRS Wednesday, January 4, 2012 2:40 PM
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 2:38 PM


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    • Proposed as answer by Henrik Halmstrand Wednesday, January 4, 2012 3:03 PM
    • Marked as answer by Seven M Friday, January 13, 2012 7:16 AM
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 2:54 PM
  • Hi SR_1,

    Hoowww, I will never do this.. Because if you forget any 1 place to change the password, you're farm will have corruptions.. But if you're a warrior you can use this link or this link or even this link 

    But I say it again, if you're SharePoint uses 1 account for all the services (search, user syncronization, excel, ... ) and all other things.. you will guarantee have a lot of problems, be sure about what you're doing ..  Beceause if you forget a 3 place ( as example ) to change, you will fail .. :(

    Hope I could help you ! and I wish you much Luck!


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    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 10:51 PM
  • Ideally:

    1. change the password in AD

    2. go to central admin ---- security---- configure managed accounts----- check mark change password now ----- click on the radio button use existing password---- type the new password.

    3. on the bottom of the same screen you will find a list of services where this password change will take effect

    4. click on ok

    NOTE: ideally never change the password. also make sure that you have set the password never expires on the domain policy itself for this account. do the above in a test enviornment first. if anything goes amiss you will end getting a chain of errors on the FARM.

    Friday, January 6, 2012 3:29 PM
  • Hi,

    use the following article to change password

    it is for 2010 but still valid for 2013


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    Saturday, November 29, 2014 5:33 AM