Service accounts are Windows accounts with special permissions on farm servers and in the farm itself, and are responsible for automating many of SharePoint's functions and integrating it with the local operating system.

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Managing Sharepoint 2010 Farm service accounts?

We are using a single Farm account in our sharepoint 2010, would like to manage the service applications and web applications with the proper service accounts. What would be the best and reliable way ...
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What permission does my search service account need for external database searches?

The farm admin for my SharePoint site has a different Default Search Service Account login than the one I am using to create my external content types (which is my personal log in). When I am trying ...