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This article describes how to change the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 service accounts by using the Microsoft Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Provider for Configuration Management. This article contains a script sample. You can use this script sample to change the SQL Server service accounts.
Permissions on the accounts that are used by SQL Server 2005 services are managed by group membership. When you try to change the SQL Server service accounts by using the Windows Service Control Manager, you must manually remove the old accounts and then add the new accounts to the corresponding groups. Therefore, we recommend that you use SQL Server Configuration Manager to change the SQL Server service accounts.
SQL Server 2005 provides the WMI Provider for Configuration Management. You can use the WMI Provider for Configuration Management to manage changes to group membership and changes to service accounts. Specifically, you can use the WMI Provider for Configuration Management in a script file to simplify the operations. For example, you can repeatedly call a script file to automate changing the SQL Server service accounts each month.
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You can use the following script sample to change the SQL Server service accounts.
To use this script sample, follow these steps:
Article ID: 911839 - Last Review: January 23, 2006 - Revision: 1.1
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