Changing SharePoint 2010 Application Pool Account

Posted: 1st March 2011 in IIS, Sharepoint 2010

Quick one: Today I tried to change the service account for a SharePoint application pool, running under in IIS 7.5. However, when i tried to load the site it just give me an 500 error.

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Turns out that this has to be done through Central Admin by firstly registering a new account and then assigning it to the service. To do this navigate to Security –> Configure Service Accounts and you are shown, the screen below, the credential management page.

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From here, click on the Register new managed account hyperlink and you will be directed to the service account credentials screen to add a new account. Once you have done this return to the previous screen and you should now be able to select a service from the top dropdown and assign it to the newly added account in the “Select an account for this component” dropdown.

I don’t know why you can’t just change the account in IIS. My guess is, there must be something written in the Config DB into the background

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