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Service Accounts are a very big part of installing every version of SharePoint, however everyone has a different way of setting them up. And once you install your SharePoint with a set of service accounts, it’s not always easy to change them. Let’s take a look at the SharePoint 2016 Service Accounts that I would recommended for a clean, quality setup.

Every SharePoint administrator you ask, will have a different opinion on how many service accounts you need and whether you should have dedicated service accounts for some Service Applications or certain administration tasks. Even if all SharePoint Administrators have different opinions, it doesn’t mean some are wrong and some are right, there is no real “golden” solution that will be good for every SharePoint farm out there. From my experience with SharePoint, here are the Service Accounts that I recommend for your SharePoint 2016 implementation.

The following Service Accounts can be named according to your companies naming convention. Local Security Policies only need to be configured if you have Group Policies that will take those away.


To see which build your farm is, go to Central Administration > System Settings > Manage servers in your farm (/_admin/FarmServers.aspx)

Or using Windows PowerShell: (get-spfarm).buildversion

Or the Registry: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office Server\16.0\BuildVersion

To see which build your farm is at with Fiddler, open the site in question and view Inspectors > Headers and under Miscellaneous check the build under MicrosoftSharePointTeamServices header.

To see which build your products are, go to Central Administration > Upgrade and Migration > Check Product and patch installation status. (/_admin/PatchStatus.aspx)

Patch terminology KB article


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