Overview

Introduction

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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