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Unable to change Sharepoint 2010 Farm Account

Posted on 2011-02-28
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Late last week, we inadvertanly changed the SharePoint farm account to another less privleaged account that was running other services.  This account is a domain user and is not assigned any privileges to the local server administrator group.  When using the Central Admin to change the service account back to the orginal setting, we get an error stating the object exists.  When browsing in managed accounts, I noticed both the orginal farm account and the new less privileged account are both set as farm accounts.  Being totally new to sharepoint, I am looking for the implications to this issue.  Will this cause problems in the future?  Is there a need to move the farm account back to the original user or do I just leave it alone?
Question by:ds0101
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sabby447 earned 1600 total points
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Good answer !!!

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The command  ran sucessfully, however the sharepoint service accounts still lists the old user under farm account.

In this directory-  c:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\Bin

I ran stsadm -o updatefarmcredentials -userlogin XXX -userpassword XXX

New Command Image

 Less Priv account

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sabby447 earned 1600 total points
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The original problem was solved, For the requestor : The account will show up always in the list, you can remove the unwanted one using this article : http://mrhodes.net/2010/03/22/removing-a-managed-account-from-sharepoint-2010-8/ 

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The original problem was solved, For the requestor : The account will show up always in the list, you can remove the unwanted one using this article : http://mrhodes.net/2010/03/22/removing-a-managed-account-from-sharepoint-2010-8/

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