Forget your SharePoint Passphrase? No Problem


Getting a high load on your farm and you decide to add a new Web Front End to the mix. Oh no! You forgot that SharePoint Passphrase to allow you to connect to your farm.

Before you start freaking out, check out this powershell command

Get-Help Set-SPPassPhrase -Detailed

To easily reset your SharePoint Passphrase

$passphrase = ConvertTo-SecureString -String "mySharePoint2010password" -asPlainText -Force

Set-SPPassPhrase -PassPhrase $passphrase -Confirm

Thanks to Stewart Wainaina for sharing this!

Comments (10)
  1. Anonymous says:

    Valuable info.

  2. maxim says:

    Thanks a lot!

  3. Dias says:

    Very precious

  4. Prasanna B J says:

    Exactly, what i was looking for.

  5. will says:

    Thanks for sharing. This post on resetting the passphrase has helped me more than once. We go through so many configuration tasks that its easy to forget what you did. Thank heaven for the internet! 🙂

  6. Premnath Subramani says:

    Valuable information, very good. Thanks..

  7. Hein says:

    Thanks for this, saved my life.

  8. Larry says:

    I get an error ConvertTo-SecureString is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet…

    Using MSSQL 2012

  9. Kevin says:

    You should be running this through SharePoint Management Shell on a SharePoint server. Not on the SQL Server through Management Studio…

  10. shawn says:

    When asked to "ConfirmPassPhrase:" you just re-type the password you placed in-between quotes on the "ConvertTo-SecureString" command. Then finally "Y" to the confirm prompt.

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