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SharePoint 2016 Central Admin – Security – Configure Password Change Settings

When you click on the Configure Password Change settings Link, you will be landed on Password Management Settings page. This page will let you configure password management settings farm wide.

Configure Password Change settings page’s direct link: /_admin/PasswordSettings.aspx

It is important that when a password is due to change or going to expire then the administrator should be informed. We can schedule the notifications during the configuration of the new managed account but the issues we don’t know who will get the notifications. Or sometimes we want to set of the user gets the notifications. This page let the farm administrator manage the settings of the password change. Following information/settings you can configure:

Notification E-Mail Address: This page allows you enter the email address of the individual or you can enter the group/bulk address, which you want to be notified about the password updates.

Account Monitoring Process Settings: This page also allows you to set the notification period, how early you want to be notified when a password is about to expire. It should be a numeric value, by default value is 10 days. SharePoint will send an email notification to person or group and inform them that an account’s password is going to expire in 10 days.

Another important thing, if you decide not to select the automatic password change for a managed account then still SharePoint can send the notification about the password expiry.

Automatic password change Settings: You can set the wait time for a service before actually password change system change the managed account password. When you set a wait time then password change system notifies the service that I am going to change the password for the managed account in 45 seconds so shut yourself gracefully. After wait period password change system will generate the new password and update all the related services.

You can also set the retry option, there are many reasons when system fails to change the password or sync it with services. In that case, you want to retry and you can set this value. Password change system will retry up to the value specify and then finally called it fail.

Password Management Settings

Please follow the below steps to configure the password management settings.

  • Login to Central admin with account member of farm administrator group and also a local admin on the server.
  • Please enter the following information.
    • Notification E-Mail Address: Enter email address of individual or group i.e
    • Account Monitoring Process Settings: Enter the number of days’ admin notified before password expiry. I.e. 10 days
    • Automatic password change Settings: Enter the Wait time before timer job change the password. i.e. 45 seconds (3). Also, Enter the number of retry timer job made before calling it fails. I.e. 5 times (4)
    • Click Ok (5)

    This will complete the configuration of a password of monitoring systems and password change timer jobs settings.

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