Changing administrator password on Server 2003 makes SQL Server 2000 not function

So I realize that just changing the administrative password on a server 2003 machine makes the SQL Server stop functioning. So as I see it I will need to change the passwords for certain services related to SQL Server as well. When I go into the 'Log on' tab in the services properties there is a password already, but it shows 15 characters, where as the old admin password was only 10 characters. I am wondering why they look different. Could there be two separate passwords, even though changing the one separate windows admin password affected the sql server access? If i change the password for all 3 services to the new password I have for the windows admin, is anything else required?
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Philippe DamervalSenior Analyst ProgrammerCommented:
Hi,
No, there are not separate passwords - Windows doesn't necessarily show the amount of "dots" corresponding to the number of characters in the password. If SQL server services run under the administrator password, when the admin password changes you need to reset the logon information for each SQL server service. If you have an active directory, one way to solve this is to have the SQL server services run under an AD service account that has administrator privileges on the machine. That way you can change the admin password but the services continue to run. Of course, once you change the password of the service account, you problem occurs all over again.

HTH,

Philippe
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smangognaCommented:
If the password where different, changing admin password would not affect SQL. Look carrefulli in the services, if the start with system account or administrator or another user account, and put the right password.
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the_b1ackfoxCIOCommented:
You are getting hung up a in defaulted setting from displaying password.  It wouldn't matter if your password was 3 characters,  when you look at the services it will still show the 15 asterisks.  Once you change the password for the services, you should be good to go!
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ryanrhAuthor Commented:
Thanks that makes perfect sense. Just to clarify, the services I will need to also change the password for would be MSSQLServer, SQLServerAgent, and Distributed Transaction Coordinator, correct?
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Philippe DamervalSenior Analyst ProgrammerCommented:
MSSQLServer and SQLServerAgent, I don't think DTS is needed. Try it without first, see if it works, if it doesn't, change the password on there too.
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ryanrhAuthor Commented:
Worked perfectly.
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