Sharepoint 2016 service account change

Ivanhou 21 Reputation points


Some years ago I created this simple architecture:

Virtual machine A: sharepoint 2016 on premises - single server in farm

Virtual machine B: sharepoint database is MS SQL Server (Version 12.0.6433.1)

I created all accounts s with my user - so single user for everything. Sharepoint authenticates from AD.

My problem is that my user will be deleted from AD because I will quit. I guess in this case I need to change all service accounts (and other accounts) to another user.
How can I do it?
And what to do with the SQL Server? How to setup userlogin ?

Thanks in advance,


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  1. Allen Xu_MSFT 13,776 Reputation points

    Hi @Ivanhou ,

    To change service account and SQL Server service account, please follow the below steps.

    1. To change the service account:
      • Add new accounts in the Active Directory Domain Services.
      • Configure the service account in SharePoint center administration. Reference: SharePoint 2016 Administration: Configure Managed Accounts Using PowerShell.
      • Change SharePoint Central Administration Account. Reference: Change the Farm Service Account in SharePoint 2013. Please replace command “cd C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\15\BIN” with “cd C:\xxx\xxx...\ 16 \BIN” as you are under a SharePoint Server 2016 environment. Go to “Start -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> System Tools -> Local Users and Groups -> Groups” to set permissions in section “3. Update Security Groups on Each SharePoint Server”.
      • Change the service account in the application pool, services in services.msc and service application. Reference: Change SharePoint Service Accounts
    2. You can change the SQL Service Account without any additional changes to SharePoint. Make the changes and Restart the SQL Service. Please refer to this article: Changing The SQL Server Service Account In SQL Configuration Manager.
      • Ensure that the service account of SQL has the necessary rights in the operating system where the SQL Server is running. The rights you need to configure for SharePoint service account on SQL Server is of dbcreator and securityadmin security roles. Go to Micorsoft SQL Server Management Studio -> Object Explorer -> Select the SQL Server -> Security -> Server Roles -> make sure the new account is in the Role Members list.

    By the way, it’s also not recommended to use a single account for everything. Best practice for managing service accounts for your reference: SharePoint 2016 Service Accounts Recommendations.

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