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Sharepoint Password Generation for SPSEARCH/SPWEBAPP Failed

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I have an SBS 2011 server with the default Sharepoint 2010 installation installed and have made no custom changes to its configuration.  What I'm noticing is that when the scheduled 'Password Management' timer job runs it will throw error 'Password Generation for SPSEARCH and SPWEBAPP failed'.  I have not touched these accounts at all, and they should both be using whatever password SBS 2011 assigned to it from the default installation, so I don't even know what the password for these would be.  What can be done to allow this scheduled Sharepoint job to finish successfully?  

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Question by:ColumbiaMarketing
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by:Cris Hanna
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Try this
 Open an Administrative command prompt.
2. Change directory to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft SharedWeb Server Extensions\14\BIN
3. Run PSConfig.exe -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -force -cmd applicationcontent -install -cmd installfeatures

You must do this every time a sharepoint patch is installed on the SBS 2011 server
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by:ColumbiaMarketing
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Actually, I have already ran that Sharepoint upgrade command.  There was an update to Sharepoint Foundation last month that required a manual upgrade, so I ran that exact command and it appears that after the update/upgrade is when this issue started to arise.  I'll try running it again to see if something was missed though.
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by:ColumbiaMarketing
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Just ran the upgrade command again, then forced the Password Generation job and it failed again on those two Sharepoint accounts.
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by:Cris Hanna
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did the  upgrade command run without issue?
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by:ColumbiaMarketing
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Yes, everything finished successfully with no errors at all.
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This Application error in Event Viewer also appears when the Sharepoint job runs and then fails.  

Log Name:      Application
 Source:        Microsoft-SharePoint Products-SharePoint Foundation
 Date:          8/17/2016 7:50:47 AM
 Event ID:      6398
 Task Category: Timer
 Level:         Critical
 Keywords:      
 User:          OFFICE\spfarm
 Computer:      
 Description:
 The Execute method of job definition Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPGeneratePasswordJobDefinition (ID 04d12641-0969-42f5-9347-31c72a27e474) threw an exception. More information is included below.

The system detected a possible attempt to compromise security. Please ensure that you can contact the server that authenticated you
 Event Xml:
 <Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
   <System>
     <Provider Name="Microsoft-SharePoint Products-SharePoint Foundation" Guid="{6FB7E0CD-52E7-47DD-997A-241563931FC2}" />
     <EventID>6398</EventID>
     <Version>14</Version>
     <Level>1</Level>
     <Task>12</Task>
     <Opcode>0</Opcode>
     <Keywords>0x4000000000000000</Keywords>
     <TimeCreated SystemTime="2016-08-17T14:50:47.914203600Z" />
     <EventRecordID>56137</EventRecordID>
     <Correlation ActivityID="{44CE8189-3A9E-4BD4-AF9E-EFBE068488F2}" />
     <Execution ProcessID="10016" ThreadID="48944" />
     <Channel>Application</Channel>
     <Security UserID="S-1-5-21-1281557532-3362287586-4099788012-6161" />
   </System>
   <EventData>
     <Data Name="string0">Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPGeneratePasswordJobDefinition</Data>
     <Data Name="string1">04d12641-0969-42f5-9347-31c72a27e474</Data>
     <Data Name="string2">The system detected a possible attempt to compromise security. Please ensure that you can contact the server that authenticated you</Data>
   </EventData>
 </Event>
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After consulting with Microsoft they informed me that both of these accounts should not have the new password generation setting enabled in Sharepoint when on an SBS domain, otherwise these issues can happen.   They advised to disable that so Sharepoint does not try to change the passwords on a regular interval.
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by:ColumbiaMarketing
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No solution was provided and Microsoft informed me of why it was happening on an SBS domain.
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