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3. In this case, we are going to first register the search service account (for some reason the
index, or “content access,” account doesn’t need to be registered). So, enter the account
you intend to use for the Search service, which for me is dem0tek\spfsearch .
The second section, Automatic Password Change, is where you can configure SharePoint
to manage password changes itself. This feature is not enabled by default, but you can
enable it here, causing additional settings to propagate in this section (so be prepared to
scroll a bit more to get to the OK button).
Once it is enabled, you have one main option, to allow SharePoint to automatically change
the account’s password. When that is selected, the other options in this section become
available. These specify when, before expiring, the password will be changed by SharePoint (the
default is two days) and whether SharePoint should start sending a notification email before
the password change will occur. It’s odd that the notification can be sent out only weekly
or monthly, but the notification window before expiration can be considerably shorter. It’s
also odd that you can’t just ask for the notification here without also enabling SharePoint to
change it to a password only SharePoint knows (notification without password change can
be set in the Password Settings page, as you’ll see later in this chapter).
4. At this point, I am just going to go for broke and enable automatic password change to
change the password two days before the password expires and start warning at 10 days
out, with a weekly notification schedule, Sunday at midnight (the default time for the weekly
schedule), as shown in Figure 3.20. Keep in mind that SharePoint can’t send out any
notifications without having outgoing email configured, something we’ll set up later in the chapter.
Keep in mind that you are not obligated to use the automatic password change setting. If you
created these accounts with passwords that don’t change and can’t be changed by the user, then don’t
enable Automatic Password Change. Just enter the account username and password to register the
account so SharePoint can use it for its services or web applications.
5. Click OK to finish registering the account.
On the Managed Accounts page, your new account will be listed, with its password change
schedule (which indicates, correctly, that you didn’t schedule anything for the other account).
In addition to Search, web applications require managed accounts for their application pool
identities, and the BDC and Sandboxed Code service require managed accounts. To register the
web application’s content database account and the other service accounts, just go back through the
steps you used to register the Search account and create one for the content database access account.
As a quick recap, you go to Security Configure Managed Accounts Register Managed
Accounts. In the Register Managed Account page, enter the account to manage (in my case
dem0tek/spfcontent for the content database account, dem0tek\spfusrcode for the Sandboxed
Code service, and dem0tek\spfbdc for the BDC service; remember that you can register only
one account at a time). Choose to enable Automatic Password Change if you’d like, and
configure it as you see it. Click OK to register one account, and then return to the Managed Accounts
page to click the Register Managed Account link and register the next account until you’re done.
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