In SharePoint multi-server farm I updated the farm account password and run the below command from one app server where central admin site running when I try to run this command from another app server wfe server I got the below error

stsadm -o updatefarmcredentials -userlogin domain\account -password password 

An update conflict has occurred, and you must re-try this action. The object SPE ncryptedString Name=-4e8a-af3a-bf49012fccab was updated by xxxxx/xxx, in the STSADM (4276) process, on machine AP01. View the tracing log for more information about the conflict.

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The updatefarmcredentials operation must be run on the server that hosts Central Administration, and you got this error because you have tried to run The updatefarmcredentials operation on another App server / WFE server that not host the Central Administration.

For more details check Updatefarmcredentials: Stsadm operation

  • yes but in another servers sharepoint timer service stoped and it running with spfarm account, i have many application servers and wfe servers , is i should i go to each server to correct the password manually?
    – adilahmed
    Dec 4, 2016 at 15:48
  • and also in wfe servers IIS security toke service application pool stopped how i update this without correct manually?
    – adilahmed
    Dec 4, 2016 at 15:49
  • This command is specifically for 2007 meanwhile , I advise you to set farm account password via SharePoint PowerShell for SharePoint 2010/2013 farm by using Set-SPManagedAccount -Identity $username -ExistingPassword $newpassword -UseExistingPassword:$true to update the relevant services and IIS pools. please tell me the result and don't hesitate to tell me if you need further clarification Dec 4, 2016 at 16:18
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    Also,if you tried to change the farm password , this link is very useful blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/mbakirov/2016/07/29/… Dec 4, 2016 at 22:02
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    Hi thanks, i used stsadm -o updatefarmcredentials -userlogin domain\account -password password local in another servers except where central admin running, and above link also use ful to update the passwords for managed accounts
    – adilahmed
    Dec 5, 2016 at 5:27

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