Can I change the password of the domain account which I used to create the failover cluster?

TechAnons 1 Reputation point
2022-10-08T19:40:28.567+00:00

Hello,

Can I change the password of the domain account which I used to create the failover cluster? Will it affect the cluster at all?
I have also created the Always On availability groups using that domain account, will it be affected?

Regards.

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  1. Dave Patrick 426.2K Reputation points MVP
    2022-10-08T21:30:15.67+00:00

    Shouldn't be a problem. You can follow along here.
    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/failover-clustering/configure-ad-accounts#planning-ahead-for-password-resets-and-other-account-maintenance

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  2. PandaPan-MSFT 1,901 Reputation points
    2022-10-10T01:46:36.193+00:00

    Hi @TechAnons ,
    You just need to press Ctrl-Alt-Del on your keyboard and click change the password.
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    And the action should be made on the domain controller.
    There are other ways to change the password you can check the following link but I think the way I mentioned is the easiest.
    https://www.top-password.com/knowledge/reset-domain-administrator-password-in-windows-server-2012.html#:~:text=How%20to%20Change%20My%20Password%20on%20My%20Domain,Your%20password%20has%20been%20changed.%20%22%20See%20More.

    I set the Always on my VM, which allows me to set the password individually and I don't think that the windows can affect SQL Server.


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  3. Limitless Technology 39,416 Reputation points
    2022-10-10T14:33:39.593+00:00

    Hi,

    Thank you for your question and reaching out.

    I understand that you want to know if changing the domain account password will affect any cluster and the 'Always On' availability of your groups. No, it won't so you can change password anytime you prefer doing so. Changing passwords are recommended by Microsoft to ensure safety on your domain.

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