Creating Managed Accounts in SharePoint 2013

Creating Managed Accounts in SharePoint 2013 Preview is done exactly the same way it was done in SharePoint 2010.

Open Central Admin and click Security


Under General Security click on Configure managed accounts.


Click Register Manager Account.


Enter the user account you’d like to add and click OK.



Repeat these steps to add the rest of your managed accounts.

If you have just configured your farm and need/want to add your farm account in place of your setup account, go back to the Central Admin home page and click Configure service accounts under Security.


Select Farm Account in the top drop down, select the account you want to make your farm account in the checking box on the bottom and click OK.


If you end up with a “Cannot Connect To Configuration Database” error you may have entered the incorrect password when you created the managed account, and will need to run this to fix it.

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

I got this stsadm tip from


About tbithell
I am the Chief Technical Architect of Portals at B2B Technologies, LLC in Atlanta GA. I first started working on SharePoint in 2005, and have built SharePoint portals and developed custom solutions for a wide variety of users. I have a MS in Computer Science and am a SharePoint 2010 MCITP and MCPD. I am very excited about the new version, and will be blogging about it on a regular basis as I explore the newly released Preview and future releases.

3 Responses to Creating Managed Accounts in SharePoint 2013

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