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If you have multiple service accounts for TFS 2012 and you are in a corporation chances are that two things are true:

  1. Your accounts are managed out-with your control in Active Directory
  2. They will expire every 90 days
    It is however worth asking your IT department if they can set different expiry rules for service accounts

If these things are true and you work in an awesome origination that his its stuff together you will get an email when they are expiring.

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Figure: Good example, you get notified when

If you are in an organisation that does not… then you will know when your TFS server stops working Smile. You should review http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms253149 which will show you all of the service accounts that you might want to look at, but there are 4 main deal breakers to look at: TFS Service Account, TFS Reporting Account, TF Build Account, SharePoint Service Accounts, & SharePoint Secure Cache account.

Here is what you need to do:

You will need to go round all of your Team Foundation Application Tiers, Team Foundation Build, Team Foundation Proxy, System Centre Virtual Machine Manager, SharePoint Farms, SQL Server Instances, SQL Server Reporting Services instances and SQL Server Analysis Services instances and make sure that you have changed all of the accounts.

Phew…

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