Sunday, October 23, 2011

SharePoint 2010: What is a PassPhrase


Sharepoint 2010 has introduced the new concept of "managed accounts" - basically, it stores the encrypted credentials for whatever service accounts you specify.

Initially, the passphrase is used to encrypt the credentials for storage. When you want to do things such as add a new server to the farm (from the server itself via powershell) you will be prompted for the passphrase instead of for the username/password as in the past.

The whole concept of managed accounts allows the passwords to be changed in AD without having to change the password everywhere the account is used in SharePoint.

Suneet Sharma

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