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SMS: Changing Software Metering Server Service Account Password Causes Account Lockout

Article ID: 256127

Article Last Modified on 10/27/2006


  • Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0 Standard Edition

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The Software Metering services throughout a site may not start because of a service logon problem. When this occurs, Software Metering servers do not restart when they are stopped. If you attempt to restart them, you receive the following error message:

Error 1069, service could not start due to a logon failure.

The account continues to be locked out until you stop all Software Metering servers and reset the account.


Changing the Software Metering service domain-based account password in the site system's properties successfully changes the password in the domain and in the service registration for the Software Metering servers. Because the service is still running with the old credentials, the old credentials are used to get groups from the domain controller. When a client starts or runs the background task of getting user groups (every 15 minutes by default), the old account password is used. The service account becomes locked out shortly, or immediately in a busy site.

The Software Metering servers stop each Sunday evening for database maintenance (by default), so the computers are all stopped on Monday morning. When a server is bounced or the memory threshold is reached and the service cycles, it will be unable to restart. You must manually restart the servers after resetting the account. All users will be locked out of group-restricted programs until all servers are cycled and the account is reset.


To avoid this issue, follow these steps:

  1. Specify a new account and a new password when you change the credentials for the Software Metering Server service.
  2. Configure all Software Metering servers in the site systems node to use the new credentials.
  3. Wait until all the servers have been configured with the new credentials as reported by the SMS\Logs\Licsvcfg.log file.
  4. Cycle all Software Metering Server services (SMS_LICENSE_SERVER) or wait over a weekend for database maintenance to cycle the servers before removing the old domain account.

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