How To Change Service Account Passwords In SharePoint 2013 Farm

Changing service account passwords in SharePoint 2013 Farm is essential for maintaining data security and optimizing system performance. Follow these steps to ensure a seamless password update process.

To change service account passwords in SharePoint 2013 Farm, there are several steps that need to be followed. Here are the instructions:

  1. Identify the SharePoint Farm account that needs to have its password changed.
  2. If the Farm account’s password has already been changed in Active Directory, update the Farm account credentials in SharePoint using either the SharePoint Central Administration site or PowerShell.
  3. To update the farm account credentials through the Central Administration site, go to the SharePoint Central Administration site and click on Security, then Configure Managed Accounts. Find the SharePoint Farm account and click on the Edit icon next to it. Tick the “Change password now” checkbox and choose the “Use existing password” option. Enter the new password (which has already been changed in AD) and click OK.
  4. To update the farm account credentials using PowerShell, run the provided PowerShell script. Enter the Farm Account in Domain\User format and the changed password for the farm account.
  5. If the password for the Farm account hasn’t been changed in AD yet, go to the SharePoint Central Administration site, click on Security, then Configure Managed Accounts. Find the SharePoint Farm account and click on the Edit icon next to it. Tick the “Change password now” checkbox and choose the “Set account password to new value” option. Enter the new password and click OK.
  6. To change the Farm Account password in PowerShell, run the provided PowerShell script. Enter the Farm Account in Domain\User format and the new password.
  7. After changing the Farm account password, it may be necessary to check other areas where the Farm account is used, such as the User Profile Synchronization Service, Workflow Service Account, any Secure store stored credentials, and the SQL Server Service account.
  8. Avoid setting the option for auto change Farm account, as you will need the Farm account credentials for SharePoint Farm Administration.

In addition to changing the Farm account password, there are also steps provided to change the passwords of other service accounts used in SharePoint, such as the User Profile Synchronization Service account, SharePoint Server Search Content Access Account(s), SharePoint Foundation Search Content Access Account, Unattended Execution Accounts (Excel Unattended and Visio Unattended), PerformancePoint Unattended Service Account, and Object Cache Super User and Object Cache Reader accounts.

Overall, changing service account passwords in SharePoint 2013 Farm requires updating the passwords in Active Directory, IIS, Services, Scheduled Tasks, Central Administration, and other relevant settings or configurations using either the Central Administration site or PowerShell.

Steps to Change Service Account Passwords in Sharepoint 2013 Farm

Whether the Farm account password has already been changed in Active Directory or not, here are the steps to change service account passwords in Sharepoint 2013 Farm, ensuring the security and smooth functioning of your Sharepoint environment.

To update the Farm account credentials through the Central Administration site, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the SharePoint Central Administration site and click on Security.
  2. Click on Configure Managed Accounts.
  3. Find the SharePoint Farm account and click on the Edit icon next to it.
  4. Tick the “Change password now” checkbox and choose the “Use existing password” option.
  5. Enter the new password (which has already been changed in AD) and click OK.

If you prefer to use PowerShell to update the Farm account credentials, follow these steps:

  1. Run the provided PowerShell script.
  2. Enter the Farm Account in Domain\User format and the changed password for the farm account.

If the password for the Farm account hasn’t been changed in AD yet, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the SharePoint Central Administration site and click on Security.
  2. Click on Configure Managed Accounts.
  3. Find the SharePoint Farm account and click on the Edit icon next to it.
  4. Tick the “Change password now” checkbox and choose the “Set account password to new value” option.
  5. Enter the new password and click OK.

To change the Farm Account password in PowerShell, run the provided PowerShell script. Enter the Farm Account in Domain\User format and the new password.

After changing the Farm account password, it is important to check other areas where the Farm account is used, such as the User Profile Synchronization Service, Workflow Service Account, any Secure store stored credentials, and the SQL Server Service account.

Remember to avoid setting the option for auto change Farm account, as you will need the Farm account credentials for SharePoint Farm Administration.

In addition to changing the Farm account password, it is also essential to change the passwords of other service accounts used in SharePoint, such as the User Profile Synchronization Service account, SharePoint Server Search Content Access Account(s), SharePoint Foundation Search Content Access Account, Unattended Execution Accounts (Excel Unattended and Visio Unattended), PerformancePoint Unattended Service Account, and Object Cache Super User and Object Cache Reader accounts.

Overall, changing service account passwords in SharePoint 2013 Farm requires updating the passwords in Active Directory, IIS, Services, Scheduled Tasks, Central Administration, and other relevant settings or configurations using either the Central Administration site or PowerShell.

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