What passwords are required to be in the configuration file? If any?

Topics: Feature Requests, General Questions
Sep 10, 2014 at 11:22 PM
The home page states the following:

"Prompt you to enter most (in progress) service accounts, passwords and the farm passphrase, unless you opt to just specify them in the AutoSPInstallerInput.xml"

Are any passwords required to be put into the AutoSPInstallerInput.xmfile?

Many organizations do not allow passwords to be stored in electronic format (within a file on a computer or network device).
Sep 16, 2014 at 12:55 PM
I ran a test to determine the answer to this question - unfortunately, the function that checks for credentials near the start of the script actually skips checking any credentials where passwords are not defined :p so it's not much use... The only ones you can actually skip in the XML are the install account password (required for auto-login after reboot), the farm account password and the farm passphrase - you will be prompted for each at script run-time.

It turns out that it's FAR easier (and just as secure, IMO) to simply specify the passwords in the XML at install time then change any required passwords immediately after installation. Even the most "locked down" organizations I've worked with will allow this method, since the credentials in the XML become almost immediately void.

Jan 21, 2015 at 3:36 PM
Edited Jan 21, 2015 at 3:37 PM
What about supporting encrypted passwords? Or possible reading accounts/password from a external file?