What are the drawbacks of changing the farm admin account in SharePoint 2010 installation. OR is it possible to change the farm admin account.

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Well Shankar ,

Considering the impact on change of the farm administrator account , here are the breakup of things that will need your attention:

  1. If the farm admin account is also used as service account for SharePoint , you are looking for trouble.

  2. If the farm admin account is also used as SQL Service account , you are looking for trouble.

  3. IF the farm admin account is used for running any active application pool on IIS, this can be a problem.

  4. Also for deploying solutions you must be a farm administrator.

  5. Farm administrator also happens to be in the local administrator group of all the servers in the database.

  6. Farm administrator also has db_creator , db_owner rights on all WSS Content databases.

The above six points are imperative for a check when adding/removing a new farm administrator.


Not sure about drawbacks but you can change the admin on Farm (you should be admin on the farm to do this).

Login to Server, then go to Programs > Microsoft Share Point 2010 Products > SharePoint 2010 Central Administration.

Once you logged in Central Admin site go to Site Actions > Site Settings > People and Groups - Farm Administrators

From here you can add/remove admin from the farm.

  • Thanks! but i am more concerned about the impact it might have on the system.
    – Shankar
    Jan 10, 2012 at 11:47

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