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SharePoint 2010 Timer Service Logon Failure

I have been struggling to resolve this issue for over a month now. Every so often (I have not determined that the issue arises upon a restart of the server or after a specific number of days), I receive an "Error 1069: The service did not start due to a logon failure" when trying to start the SharePoint 2010 Timer service.

I have seen many solutions online to reset the password of the spfarm account, change the password for the service, and change the password under the SP Central Administration. Following these steps will allow me to restart the service and it will run just fine for an unspecific amount of time. But after a few days (and possibly a server restart from updates), the SP 2010 Timer service will not restart with this same logon failure.

I'm assuming that the issue arises when SharePoint changes the password of the managed accounts and the password change is not reflected in AD.
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Justin SmithSr. System EngineerCommented:
1. Is this account truely dedicated to SharePoint and no other systems?  Is it only used in ONE SharePoint farm?

2. Are you allowing SharePoint to reset passwords (in the managed acct config)?

3. What is your exact process when this issue arrises?  Does the account get locked in AD?
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steven_theckAuthor Commented:
1. The account is only used for SharePoint and SharePoint services. I only have one SP farm.

2. I did have SP set to reset the passwords, but I have turned it off (for now) to see if that resolves the issue.

3. My exact process is as follows:
     - Reset the password in AD, leaving the "User must change password at next logon" box unchecked
     - Run "Set-SPManagedAccount -UseExistingPassword -Identity $env:userdomain\accountname" in EMS
     - Run "Repair-SPManagedAccountDeployment" in EMS
     - Run "IISreset /noforce"
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Justin SmithSr. System EngineerCommented:
You shouldn't need to run the repair-spmanagedaccountdeployment command.

Are you absolutely sure you've disabled the password reset in SharePOint?  Easiest to do it through Central Admin.  I don't think it's a coincidence that you previously had SP reset them, and are having an issue.
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steven_theckAuthor Commented:
I disabled the password reset after posting this question. I have not had the issue since, but I would prefer to have the automatic password change enabled for added security and convenience.
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Justin SmithSr. System EngineerCommented:
This situation is one of the reasons I never deploy auto-password changes in client farms.  There are some areas in SharePoint that don't realize when a password has been changed, and in turn can cause issues.  If you are using a managed account as your Search crawl account, it's not going to change automatically, and will eventually lock the account out.
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steven_theckAuthor Commented:
I appreciate your assistance ACH1LLES. I will just not use the auto-password change and update the password regularly on my own. Do you have any recommendations for a timeframe of changing the passwords?
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