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Finding lots of articles on not making the farm account a member of local administrators, and every article I read about creating accounts refers to a domain user account for the farm account. But can the farm account be a local (non-administrator) account?

I ask because service accounts on our domain are forced to follow a naming convention, TE0Sxxxx. With the multitude of accounts required to run SharePoint (with Project and Team Foundation Servers), I'll have to request nearly a dozen accounts and try to keep track of them all with meaningless names. If I can create them locally, I can name them anything I want.

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I'm sorry but the setup user/farm user has to be a domain account. You can find more information about this following this link

Setup user account - Domain user account

Server farm account - Domain user account

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