Jesper M. Christensen

SharePoint and Security

Changing SQL and Sharepoint services account

Changing the account which the SQL or Sharepoint services run as can give you a bit of a headache. After researching a bit on this subject I found some best practices and all my problems went away. You can easily find out if it works by simply reboot your server and see if the services start up correct. If the SQL Server or Windows SharePoint Services Timer service states "Service Did Not Start Due to a Logon Failure", you need to be aware of the following:

SQL Server services account
Change these credentials through the Management Console. This is a requirement for both SQL 2000 and 2005 (MS Article:

Sharepoint services account
Be aware that the credentials is to be changed in the Central Administration or command line (MS Article:

If you do not use this procedure and change the account/password through the services console you can get problems and need to type your password in manually and start the service.

AND remember the account needs to have the "log on as a service" rights on the server, or you will get the error with event Id 7038. The account can actually lose this right, so make a group policy on the server/domain to make sure this right is preserved during service-restart or server-reboot.



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