Problem accessing Sharepoint when changing local admin password on DB

Posted on 2010-01-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I have a WSS 3.0 server (on Win2003) with the DBs being hosted by a separate DB server (SQL2000 on Win2003). I have dedicated windows users for everything - SQL2000 services, WSS services, access to the WSS DBs, etc and the local administrator is not used anywhere. However if I change the local admin password on the DB server, my Sharepoint stops working (404 error). The DB is still running (I have other websites using the same DB server and they are fine) so this is Sharepoint-specific. It looks like the (old) DB-server password is somewhere deep in the Sharepoint configuration. Any ideas where to look? I tried various places in the Central Admin but didn't see anything. thanks.
Question by:adneprov
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    I would look in iis, application pools.  I would also look at the services and see if that account was running anything.  Sharepoint requires that the local admin account has access to the dbs.  I would also look into the users of the db itself
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    use the command

    stsadm -o updatefarmcredentials -userlogin domain\user -password password

    If you have a farm you need to do this on ALL your servers.

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    Found the culprit in the application pool for the sharepoint website then changed it in Operations | Service Accounts | Web App Pools. Thanks!

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