I'm installing SQL on (by example FARM_DB1) server. I created SP_Farm in AD and added it as admin on machines, and I'll use it on WFE's. But what is best-practice for SQL machine? Which account to use better:

  • use SP_farm
  • create SQL_Service, add it in local admins and install from him
  • leave defaults ?

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if you ask for the best practice then:

Create the SQL_Admin: The SQL Server service account is used to run SQL Server. It is the service account for the following SQL Server services: MSSQLSERVER SQLSERVERAGENT. SQL Admin on the SQL Server. it should be domain user with Local Administrator on the SQL Server.

read more about the best practice: SharePoint 2013 Service Accounts Best Practices Explained

  • Thank You! Hm, but I log in with SP_Farm in this scenario? Or log in with SQL_Admin, install SQL and then grant access to database to SP_Farm?..
    – Gennady G
    Dec 2, 2015 at 21:39
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    sql-admin should your account for sql server's box. you should install under this account, then grant permission.
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Dec 2, 2015 at 21:42

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