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change service accounts and service account passwords in SharePoint Server 2007

How to change service accounts and service account passwords in SharePoint Server 2007 and in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

To change the passwords for service accounts in Microsoft office SharePoint server 2007 and in Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, we need to do steps with stsadmin commands and through Central Administration Web Site.

Let us do simulation with complete example, the following table contains farm servers

Server Name Server Role
WebFront1 Webfrontend server, Query Server
WebFront2 Webfrontend server, Query Server
Index1 Host Central Administration Site, Indexer
SQL1 Clustered Database
SQL2

We need to change the password for accounts that run central administration service, office SharePoint search service, and SSP.

As I mentioned in the above table, Index 1 server hosts (central administration role), also play as indexer. So we need to update services account password as the following:-

1-   Update the password for the account that is used by the Central Administration application pool. To do this, follow these steps:

a-   On all servers in the server farm, open a command prompt, type the following line, and then press ENTER:

cd %commonprogramfiles%\Microsoft Shared\Web server extensions\12\Bin

b-   On the server that hosts the Central Administration Web site, type the following line at the command prompt, and then press ENTER:

stsadm -o updatefarmcredentials -userlogin DomainName\UserName -password NewPassword

c-   On all other servers in the server farm, type the following line at the command prompt, and then press ENTER:

stsadm -o updatefarmcredentials -userlogin DomainName\UserName -password NewPassword -local

d-   Restart Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0. To do this, type the following line at the command prompt, and then press ENTER:

iisreset /noforce

2-    Verify that the Administration Application Pool Credential Deployment job definition is no longer displayed on the Timer Job Definitions page of SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration. To do this, follow these steps:

a-    Open SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration, click Operations, and then click Timer job definitions under Global Configuration.

b-   Verify that the Administration Application Pool Credential Deployment job definition is no longer displayed in the list.

Note If the Administration Application Pool Credential Deployment job definition is displayed in the list, wait until it disappears from the list.

WebFront1 and WebFront2 servers play Query Role and hosts web applications . So we need to update the password of the application pool account that is used by Web applications on the server farm, the password for the account that is used by every Shared Services Provider (SSP) on the server farm, and for the account that is used to run the Office SharePoint Server Search service as the following:-

1-   Update the password for the application pool account that is used by Web applications on the server farm. To do this, type the following line at a command prompt on every server on the server farm, and then press ENTER:

stsadm -o updateaccountpassword -userlogin DomainName\UserName -password NewPassword –noadmin

2-   Update the password for the account that is used by every Shared Services Provider (SSP) on the server farm. To do this, type the following line at a command prompt on every server on the server farm, and then press ENTER:

stsadm.exe -o editssp -title SharedServicesProviderName -ssplogin DomainName\UserName -ssppassword NewPassword

3-   Update the password for the account that is used to run the Office SharePoint Server Search service. To do this, type the following line at the command prompt, and then press ENTER:

stsadm.exe -o osearch -farmserviceaccount DomainName\UserName -farmservicepassword NewPassword

4-   Update the password for the default content access account that is used by the Office SharePoint Server Search service. To do this, follow these steps:

a-   Open SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration, and then click the link to the SSP Web application under Shared Services Administration.

b-   Under Search, click Search settings, and then click Default content access account.

c-   Specify the password to use for the content access account, and then click OK.

Refernces:-

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/934838

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