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How to Configure SharePoint for Automatic Password Change

It’s always recommended to change your passwords at regular intervals of time and there’s a valid reason behind that. Hackers have become so technically sound nowadays that you cannot just rely on a single password for keeping your data within SharePoint secured.

 With SharePoint 2013, you get Automatic password change that generates long, cryptographically-strong passwords as per your pre-decided schedule.

 In this blog, we will take a detailed account of this feature along with the procedure to enable it.

Let’s Get Started

Do you know that there is an add-on available for SharePoint that allows changing passwords without requiring any assistance from the administrator?

The add-on is named “SharePoint Password Change & Expiration“.

Following is what will appear in the dropdown after its installation.

In order to configure automatic password change for SharePoint, you need to complete two steps using Central Administrator –

  • Configure Managed account settings
  • Configure Automatic password change settings

We will take a look at each of these in the coming sections.

Deploying SharePoint Central Administrator for Configuring Managed account settings

Before proceeding, it must be ensured that only the farm administrator carries out this entire process. You need to follow steps explained below –

1. Go to SharePoint Central Administration

2. Select Security > General Security > Configure managed accounts

3. Click “Register Managed Account” showing on the Managed Accounts page.

4. Enter service account credentials in “Account Registration” section

5. Navigate to “Automatic Password Change” section, then click on the “Enable automatic password change” checkbox.

Next, enter some numeric value in the space provided.

NOTE – This numeric value will denote the number of days prior to expiry of existing password that initiation of automatic password change process will take place

6. Again in the “Automatic Password Change” section, click on the “Start notifying by e-mail” check box and type a numeric value corresponding to the number of days prior to starting of the automatic password change process when an e-mail notification will be sent.

7. Click OK to finish configuring

Having configured the Managed account settings, you now need configuring the Automatic password change settings. Let’s take a look.

Procedure to Configure the Automatic Password Change Settings using Central Administrator

Before proceeding, ensure that only the farm administrator carries out this process. Follow the steps explained below –

1. Go to SharePoint Central Administration

2. Select Security > General Security > Configure password change settings

3. In the Password Management Settings page, navigate to “Notification E-Mail Address” section.

Next, type e-mail of the person you want to be notified whenever there is any password change/expiration

4. Navigate to the Account Monitoring Process Settings section and enter some numeric value denoting the number of days prior to password expiration that the e-mail configured in previous step will receive a notification e-mail

5. Go to “Automatic Password Change Settings” section. Enter the numeric value corresponding to the number of seconds that the process of Automatic Password Change will cease prior to initiating the change

6. Click OK to finish.

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