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Error: The server farm account should not be used for other services.

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Hi,

I have encountered the following issues in my newly installed SharePoint 2010.

Title: The server farm account should not be used for other services.

Severity: 1 - Error

Category: Security

Explanation: NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE, the account used for the SharePoint timer service and the central administration site, is highly privileged and should not be used for any other services on any machines in the server farm.  The following services were found to use this account: SharePoint - 80 (Application Pool)
SPUserCodeV4(Windows Service)
OSearch14(Windows Service)
Web Analytics Data Processing Service(Windows Service)

Remedy: Browse to http://dell-9d5wtl1:15486/_admin/FarmCredentialManagement.aspx and change the account used for the services listed in the explanation. For more information about this rule, see "http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=142685".

Failing Services: SPTimerService (SPTimerV4)

Can anyone give me a better explanation of this issue and how I can resolve it?  Thanks.

Tom
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by:Justin Smith
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I'm assuming you did a BASIC stand alone install, which is never a good idea.

Explain your environment.  Is this a production system that will be accessed by your users?

If not, don't worry about the error.  It won't prevent you from doing anything, it's basically just a warning telling you aren't following best practice.
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We are trying to launch it as a production machine. What is the best practice for installing SharePoint?
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Install using Advanced - Complete.  This is what you should choose during the installation.  You also need service accounts for each major part of SharePoint.  Recommendations below:

Accounts: http://www.toddklindt.com/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=237
Install: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee805948.aspx
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It seems I shouldn't install as standalone implementation.  Thanks.
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