The Configure Service Authentication module provides you with the instruction and server hardware to develop your hands on skills in the defined topics. This module includes the following exercises:

  1. Creating and Associating a Managed Service Account

Exercise 1 - Creating and Associating a Managed Service Account

In this exercise, you will configure Active Directory service accounts.

Using a service account with non-expiring passwords is a security risk and if their passwords expire it will affect the service that's using them like in the case of SQL Server.

Managed service accounts are intended to provide mission-critical applications such as SQL Server and IIS with the isolation of their own domain accounts, doing away with the need for a domain administrator to manually administer the service principal name--like resetting passwords when they expire. MSA's passwords are automatically synchronised and updated for the service that's using them.

Service Principal Names (SPN) are associated with a user or group in whose security context the service runs--like SQL Server service account.

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