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I have a Windows 2012 R2 domain controller called cox.win.testlab. I have set up a group of hosts where I would like to use a gMSA (Group Managed Service Account). This group is called SQLManagedHosts.

I created the account by following these steps in Powershell on the domain controller:

PS C:\Windows\system32> Add-KdsRootKey -EffectiveTime ((get-date).addhours(-10))


PS C:\Windows\system32> New-ADServiceAccount mSQL -DNSHostName cox.win.testlab -PrincipalsAllowedToRetrieveManagedPassword SQLManagedHosts

PS C:\Windows\system32> Get-ADServiceAccount msql

DistinguishedName : CN=mSQL,CN=Managed Service Accounts,DC=win,DC=testlab
Enabled           : True
Name              : mSQL
ObjectClass       : msDS-GroupManagedServiceAccount
ObjectGUID        : cf9df74a-38e0-4d7a-856e-9af882b08800
SamAccountName    : mSQL$
SID               : S-1-5-21-3443997112-87545443-1733229669-1602
UserPrincipalName :

On one of the hosts listed in SQLManagedHosts, I ran:

PS C:\Windows\system32> Install-ADServiceAccount msql
Install-ADServiceAccount : Cannot install service account. Error Message: 'An unspecified error has occurred'.
At line:1 char:1
+ Install-ADServiceAccount msql
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : WriteError: (mSQL:String) [Install-ADServiceAccount], ADException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : InstallADServiceAccount:PerformOperation:InstallServiceAcccountFailure,Microsoft.ActiveDirectory.Management.Commands.InstallADServiceAccount

Any ideas why it might be failing? All servers involved are Windows Server 2012 R2.

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You cannot use gMSA for SQL services, it's unsupported. You must instead use MSA.

Source: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlosteam/archive/2014/02/19/msa-accounts-used-with-sql.aspx

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Yes I know that but I would like to try with various different services. Any ideas why it won't install? –  Mark Allison Jun 6 '14 at 20:44
I see. Sorry then, I cannot help you there. –  Daniel Jun 9 '14 at 10:12
I also tried with the SQLWmi interface with powershell using the SetServiceAccount() method but I got this error: Exception calling "SetServiceAccount" with "2" argument(s): "Set service account failed. " –  Mark Allison Jun 16 '14 at 14:35

I'm not sure why it could be failing but when I was messing the gMSAs and SQL I was using this GUI and it worked fine.


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