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I'm creating a timer job that polls an RSS feed that requires a username and password. I'd like to store the login credentials in the Secure Store Service.

I believe I have successfully set this up and can retrieve the credentials using the following code:

ISecureStoreProvider provider = SecureStoreProviderFactory.Create();
ISecureStoreServiceContext providerContext = provider as ISecureStoreServiceContext;
SPSite centralAdminSite = GetCentralAdminSite();    // function that gets the ca site
providerContext.Context = SPServiceContext.GetContext(centralAdminSite);

using (SecureStoreCredentialCollection creds = provider.GetCredentials(applicationId))
    // code that obtains the username and password omitted

The problem is, when I put this code in a TimerJob I get an error:

Credentials were not found for the current user within the target application 'XXXXX'. Please set the credentials for the current user.

I guess this is because the TimerJob is running as "System Account" where as the console application runs as "sp_admin" (the user who created and configured the Secure Store Service).

How do I over come this so I can retrieve the credentials from the Secure Store please?

Should I be storing the credentials in the Secure Store or is that overkill?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Have you tried setting up the credentials in the Secure Store for the user specifically running the timer job? If you go to the Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services and find the SharePoint Timer Service, the user in the 'Log On As' column should be the user you setup the credentials for.

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Thanks for the idea, but I understood the Timer Job service should run under a "least privileges" user. Would that "break" that? –  SPDuFeu Oct 8 '12 at 10:46
As far as I know, the timer service needs to run as the database access account. See the 'Farm Service Account' section here: technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc678863.aspx –  CMN Oct 8 '12 at 23:56
That works, thank you, so I've accepted the answer. Feels "dirty" though, but I guess the machine has a lot of other problems if this is compromised! –  SPDuFeu Oct 9 '12 at 13:56

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