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SQL Server Installation - Service Accounts

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Installing Developer Edition of SQL Server.  

On "Server Configuration" - what should I select for account name?

A user account, network service, or system?

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I think the following is a good conversation on the scenarios when each are appropriate:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2012/02/08/the-sql-guy-post-15-best-practices-for-using-sql-server-service-accounts.aspx

I think the underlying message is never use network service or local system accounts.

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One thing that is not mentioned in the link I posted are extensions of the domain accounts.

In Windows Server 2012, you have Group Managed Service Accounts (http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2012/12/17/windows-server-2012-group-managed-service-accounts.aspx, which are far better than the 2008r2 Managed Service Accounts.  The requirements for GMSAs are a little odd (not dependent on domain/forest functional levels), so if you'd like to play with them, check out: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831782.aspx
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