Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
This subcategory has a number of useful and unique settings, such as configuring managed
accounts and password change settings. But it also has some settings that appear elsewhere
already. So, for those of you who have seen some of these setting elsewhere, you’re right—you have.
I will point out those settings as we get to them and direct you to where they are covered in detail.
C O N F I G U R E M A N A G E D A C C O U N T S
This version of SharePoint overcomes a service account problem that plagued it for years—the fact
that much of what runs SharePoint requires an account identity to function, and if that account’s
password expires or is changed, SharePoint had no way of knowing it or doing anything about it.
Now it can. In fact, many of the services that SharePoint requires, that also require a user
account, now must have SharePoint manage that account. Thus, at least SharePoint knows
that its password is about to expire and can send you dire warnings, but it would prefer to
be allowed to change the account’s password regularly on its own. Yes, that means you won’t
know what that password is yourself, but at least SharePoint will know it. Configure Managed
Accounts actually depends on what you set in the Configure Password Change settings to do
its job. So, keep in mind that, once you’ve configured managed accounts, you need to configure
password change settings as well.
When you click the Configure Managed Accounts link, it will take you to a page
(Figure 11.65) that lists all the managed accounts for the farm, with information for each,
such as the username, password change schedule, last password change (useful to see if
it was successful), and next password change. You can also edit or delete each item listed.
Being able to edit an existing managed account will be useful if, for some reason, you need
to change the password for the account manually, rather than wait for it to be changed by
SharePoint or have SharePoint realize there was a change.
To add a new managed account, click the Register Managed Account link.