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December 29, 2010

SharePoint: Disaster Recovery Managed Accounts

Filed under: SharePoint — phil @ 7:20 am

So I’m setting up our DR farm here and I had an epiphany while I was doing the configuration. I’d mimicked all of the settings of the production farm including using managed accounts… the same managed accounts. I was about halfway through when I realized that would probably be a bad idea. Since the two farms would want to change the passwords 1) at the same time (remember I said I was mimicking the settings) and 2) to different things.

So I backed out and got a different set of service accounts to use as managed accounts. In trying to remove the old service accounts from the managed accounts console, I kept running into errors. Turns out you have to disable the auto password changing first, then remove the account. Pretty obvious, actually, but thought I’d share. Point. Heh.

Edit:  We actually ended up not using the password changing policies of the managed accounts.  Preferring to instead keep the accounts all on the same password change schedule.

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