Can I change the SharePoint user password?

By central administration or by code?

I'm using SharePoint 2013 on Windows Server 2008 R2 standard.

  • Which authentication scheme are your using in sharepoint?
    – Aanchal
    May 13, 2014 at 15:12
  • Or are you referring to the farm account? your question is unclear.
    – Ricardo C
    May 13, 2014 at 17:10
  • form base authentication
    – Eng Emy
    May 17, 2014 at 13:10

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if you are talking about the SharePoint Services accounts which use to run services / App Pools etc, I am guessing those IDs are already in the SharePoint Managed account sections.(to understand read this).

if you want to change the Managed account password, you have both choices either central admin or Powershell.

You have couple of options in the SharePoint, from central > Security > Configure Managed Account....

  • you can automate the process and configure it to change automatically
  • You can change the password in the AD then update the password in sharePoint
  • you can change the password directly from SharePoint to AD with random password. From Powershell you can take the advantage of Set-SPMangedAccount

    $m = Get-SPManagedAccount –Identity "DOMAINx\UserY" Set-SPManagedAccount -Identity $m –AutoGeneratePassword true

HelpFul resource:

Configure automatic password change in SharePoint 2013


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