How can I get the name of the Farm account ? I can see it listed in Get-SPManagedAccount, but do not see any properties on the SPManagedAccount objects to be able to dynamically filter by and determine if it's the farm administrator.


Use (Get-SPFarm).DefaultServiceAccount.Name should give you the Farm Account


This will give you the Farm Administrators:

$ca = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebService]::AdministrationService.WebApplications | Select -First 1
$root = $ca.Sites["/"].RootWeb
$grp = $root.SiteGroups["Farm Administrators"]


Get-SPManagedAccount will give you managed accounts

There should only be the farm admin common in these two groups

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    Another more "powershell'is" way to find CA Get-SPWebApplication -IncludeCentralAdministration | ? IsAdministrationWebApplication – Anders Rask Apr 10 '14 at 8:23

Alternatively to PowerShell, SharePoint Timer Service runs under farm account. Check it out and you get farm account

  • Do you have some steps to check SharePoint Timer Service, if so can you please share it as part of an answer. – Asad Refai Aug 19 '15 at 9:28
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    You can get the account for the SharePoint Timer Service as well using PowerShell, namely via WMI (as Get-Service does not provide this info, see: blogs.technet.microsoft.com/heyscriptingguy/2012/02/15/…): (Get-WmiObject Win32_Service | ? { $_.Name -eq 'SPTimerV4' }).StartName – pholpar Aug 2 '18 at 8:03

This is what I used to change the farm account




  • Can you please add more details regarding what parameters to pass – Robert Lindgren Apr 10 '14 at 8:39

To change the farm account you need to use stsadm, still.

stsadm –o updatefarmcredentials –userlogin DOMAIN\username –password password

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    The question is not about how to change farm account – Amal Hashim Nov 18 '14 at 15:46

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