Solved

Effects of changing the Administrator username in Active Directory

Posted on 2014-01-06
3
355 Views
Last Modified: 2014-01-06
Hi,
We are about to prepare to change our Administrator user account, unfortunately it's hidden deep within many systems, we've tried to map them, and already changed the it's password to prevent systems from running with it. However...there are still systems like SQL servers, or VM SRM services that have the Administrator user with in their configuration, my question is, if i change it's username, will it be automatically be updated? or do i need to update it all manually?
0
Comment
Question by:johnnyjonathan
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
3 Comments
 
LVL 58

Expert Comment

by:Cliff Galiher
ID: 39758876
They will not update manually. However system processes shouldn't be using the administrator account. Most software packages create their own accounts for precisely that reason.
0
 
LVL 10

Expert Comment

by:Pramod Ubhe
ID: 39758907
no they will not be updated automatically. All the services running under that account will not start upon next restart.
0
 
LVL 18

Accepted Solution

by:
Sarang Tinguria earned 500 total points
ID: 39758910
You will need to update new credentials manually at each and every place whereever it is configured ..It will not be updated automatically.

Those service will fail to start if credentials are not corrected however running services will not be impacted for 8 hrs (As per kerberose ticket time) or unless service is restarted

I will recommend to use service accounts (Win 2k8 and above) for service specific users
0

Featured Post

Does Powershell have you tied up in knots?

Managing Active Directory does not always have to be complicated.  If you are spending more time trying instead of doing, then it's time to look at something else. For nearly 20 years, AD admins around the world have used one tool for day-to-day AD management: Hyena. Discover why

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

A hard and fast method for reducing Active Directory Administrators members.
Uncontrolled local administrators groups within any organization pose a huge security risk. Because these groups are locally managed it becomes difficult to audit and maintain them.
This video shows how to use Hyena, from SystemTools Software, to update 100 user accounts from an external text file. View in 1080p for best video quality.
Sometimes it takes a new vantage point, apart from our everyday security practices, to truly see our Active Directory (AD) vulnerabilities. We get used to implementing the same techniques and checking the same areas for a breach. This pattern can re…

627 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question