SharePoint 2007 Active Directory User: SPReader

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Hello all,

We are working on updating our passwords within Active Directory, and we have come across the SPReader account.  I know it is tied to SharePoint; However, I cannot find the user account within the SharePoint Central Management site.  Does anyone know where this user is configured in SharePoint?  I need to know prior to updating the user account's password within Acitve Directory.  (So we can immediately update it in SharePoint to limit down time)  

Your help is greatly apprectiated.
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Justin SmithSr. System Engineer
Top Expert 2012

Commented:
More than likely it's not tied to any application specific service.  It's probably just a user account that may have access to a site.  If so, resetting the password won't break anything.

The only way to tell would be to look through the Service Account section in Central Admin, look at your IIS app pools, go into SQL and see if it has a login account in SQL Manager.

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I checked those locations.  Within SQL there was the domain user SPReader and also a local SPReader user account listed.  Both had Public access roles only.  Within IIS, there were no app pools assigned to this default user.  Does anyone else have an idea what the purpose of this account is for?  

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You could download a trial of a third party permissions tool (we use ControlPoint) and see what permissions that user has and where he can go.  That might render some clues.  If you know the password, have you tried logging in with that account to see what you can see?  
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Top Expert 2012
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No one will be able to tell you what the purpose of an account in your farm is.  SPReader isn't an account that is created by SharePoint.  It's one that has been manually created by someone on your side.  If you've scanned where I've told you, you can reset the password.

One other place to check is services.msc on your fam servers.  Is it running any service?

NSY posted a good idea about seeing if the account has access to any sites.  But again, if the account does have access to sites, resetting the password isn't going to break anything.

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This is an excellent argument for documenting all accounts used in administration, crawling, etc., as well as previously-used accounts that may have been used in another installation that is no longer in use, like a practice environment.  We've been bitten by this before, too, so I wish you good luck.

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Thank you for your help.  By clearifing the account wasn't a default user, I was able to investigate properly.

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