Resetting the Farm pass phrase

You can reset the farm pass phrase easily using the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell.

  1. Run SharePoint 2010 Management Shell using the appropriate credentials.
  2. Type in the following commands:
  3. $passphrase = ConvertTo-SecureString -asPlainText -Force
  4. Input your desired password, it must meet complexity requirements.
  5. Set-SPPassPhrase -PassPhrase $passphrase -Confirm
  6. Confirm by typing your password again.
  7. Confirm your action by pressing, Y and Enter.

There is no need to rejoin any servers to the farm or perform any reboots / IIS resets. The new farm pass phrase will be used when you join more servers to the farm in future.

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