Error adding server to SharePoint 2010 Farm

Posted on 2012-09-19
Last Modified: 2012-10-10
When I try to add another server to my existing SharePoint 2010 farm through the configuration wizard, the wizard gets to task 3 of 9 then comes back with the message:
Configuration Failed.  The error I get to in the log says this:

09/19/2012 18:25:54  11  ERR                          Task configdb has failed with an unknown exception
09/19/2012 18:25:54  11  ERR                          Exception: System.InvalidOperationException: The password for the account PDI\svc_sp_app_u, as currently stored in SharePoint, is not the same as the current password for the account within Active Directory. To fix this with PowerShell, run Set-SPManagedAccount -UseExistingPassword.
   at Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWindowsServiceInstance.Start()
   at Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWindowsServiceInstance.Provision(Boolean start)
   at Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPFarm.Join()
   at Microsoft.SharePoint.PostSetupConfiguration.ConfigurationDatabaseTask.CreateOrConnectConfigDb()
   at Microsoft.SharePoint.PostSetupConfiguration.ConfigurationDatabaseTask.Run()
   at Microsoft.SharePoint.PostSetupConfiguration.TaskThread.ExecuteTask()

So I did some research and followed the steps on this page:

with no success.  When I first tried to add this new server, SharePoint crashed on the existing WFE because some of my service accounts were expired, so I reset the passwords in AD, used the Set-SPManagedAccount -UseExistingPassword command, and called Repair-SPManagedAccountDeployment to verify.  Both servers have been restarted since.  SharePoint seems to be running fine on my first WFE now, but I am still getting this error when trying to add this new server.  Any ideas?
Question by:PDIDev
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    Expert Comment

    SharePoint 2010 Installation Instructions

    Let’s start with the installation on the Application Server. This is where I would normally want my Central Administration to be accessible from, especially if my web server is publically accessible.

    Application Server Install

    1.     Ensure all prerequisites from Hardware, Software, Miscellaneous and Service Accounts above

    2.     Make sure your media is available in the DVD drive of the server or accessible locally or a network share

    3.     Under Administrative Tools à Server Manager à Configure IE ESC, I normally turn it off for Administrators

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    Author Comment

    SharePoint is already installed.  I just need to add a new server to the existing farm.

    Author Comment

    This is what happens when I try in powershell:

    PS C:\Users\svc_sp_install> Connect-SPConfigurationDatabase -DatabaseServer "UAT
    SPSQL" -DatabaseName "SP_Config" -Passphrase (ConvertTo-SecureString "----------" -AsPlainText -Force)
    Connect-SPConfigurationDatabase : The password for the account PDI\svc_sp_app_u
    , as currently stored in SharePoint, is not the same as the current password fo
    r the account within Active Directory. To fix this with PowerShell, run Set-SPM
    anagedAccount -UseExistingPassword.
    At line:1 char:32
    + Connect-SPConfigurationDatabase <<<<  -DatabaseServer "UATSPSQL" -DatabaseNam
    e "SP_Config" -Passphrase (ConvertTo-SecureString "----------" -AsPlain
    Text -Force)
        + CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (Microsoft.Share...urationDatabase:
       SPCmdletConnectSPConfigurationDatabase) [Connect-SPConfigurationDatabase],
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell.SPCmdletConnectS

    Accepted Solution

    I finally found the answer, and it doesnt have anything to do with the error message I was getting. My farm account was configured in AD to only logon to my first WFE machine, and not the one I was trying to add. An accurate error message would have been nice! Thanks Microsoft!

    Author Closing Comment

    I found it on my own.

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