SharePoint 2010 Server. When I try and delete this account I get this error.

The account DOMAIN\sp_Services is still being used by these components: 
Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Tracing. 

Where on earth is Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Tracing? It's not a Service and it's not a Service application and it's not listed in the Services where you set the managed accounts.

2 Answers 2


You can check this on the server

Start > administrator Tools > Services, Now check the SharePoint Tracing Service, Under which account this is running? You should check this on all server in farm. If the account is being used here then change it.

Also try to powershell:

$account = Get-SPManagedAccount -identity "domain\login"
Remove-SPManagedAccount $account


  • There are no services using that account. I switched them all and rebooted several times. Attempting to delete the Managed account via the UI or PowerShell states that the account is used by the Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Tracing service. Mar 14, 2016 at 1:31

Try running the following powershell code:

$svc = (Get-SPFarm).Services | ? {$_.Name -eq "SPTraceV4"}

# Get the managed account from SharePoint
$svcIdentity = Get-SPManagedAccount $AccountName

# Set the tracing service to run under the managed account. $svc.ProcessIdentity.CurrentIdentityType = "SpecificUser"
$svc.ProcessIdentity.ManagedAccount = $svcIdentity

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.