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Setting up SQL Service account, how?

What are the best practices for setting up an SQL service account? Or How to do it? When i say how I am familiar with creating users I just don't know what permissions or group it should belong to. Should it be a local admin? A domain admin? With full rights limited rights?

Any help would be great. I changed active directory password and it caused me all sorts of problems because I did not have this setup correctly.
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Kyle AbrahamsSenior .Net DeveloperCommented:
The answer is it depends.

First you have to determine whether you want a domain user or a local user.

A local user will only have access to that machine
A domain user can potentially have access to other machines.   (useful for executing jobs or copying files to network paths, etc).

I usually prefer a domain account with local admin on the box where sql is, and then read/write permissions on other directories as needed . . . but that's for simplicity sake.  If you really wanted to lock it down, you can read more about the permissions actually required here:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms143504(v=sql.90).aspx
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