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I'm in the process of Scripting a deployment of SharePoint 2010 and FAST.

Normally to set the Service Account of a SharePoint service one would use the ProcessIdentity property, like so:

$procId = (Get-SPSearchService).ProcessIdentity
$procId.CurrentIdentityType = "SpecificUser"
$procId.ManagedAccount = $myManagedAcount
$procId.Update()

This works a treat for the SearchService object returned by Get-SPSearchService, however the SearchService object returned by Get-SPEnterpriseSearchService has an additional ScriptProperty that hides the ProcessIdentity property, and returns it as a string, rather than an SPProcessIdentity, which can't be updated.

So, The question: Can I remove this ScriptProperty? OR Can I change the service account via PowerShell without access to the ProcessIdentity Property?

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You Need to Set the Managed Account Information and then Deploy for it to take affect.

$myManagedAccount = Get-SpManagedAccount -Identity "<Name of Account Here>"
$procId = (Get-SPEnterpriseSearchService).get_ProcessIdentity()
$procId.CurrentIdentityType = "SpecificUser"
$procId.ManagedAccount = $myManagedAcount
$procId.Update()
$procID.Deply()

Then this can be done after the Service has started :-)

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Good work mate, this code worked after I tried a few different things. – user9228 Jul 1 '12 at 21:02

You should use .Deploy() after .Update()

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Seems to be tricky

according to this article :

there appear to be missing one key piece: setting the default content access account to some service account other than the SharePoint farm account.

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The article you linked does everything for setting up the FAST Search Service applications EXCEPT the bit I'm trying to do. – Neil White May 11 '12 at 13:27

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