Group Managed Service Accounts (gMSA) for SQL services

How to run SQL services using a Group Managed Service Account (gMSA). The process is very similar to using a Managed Service Account, here are the steps to get this up and running:

  1. Open a PowerShell prompt with “Run as Administrator”.
  2. Run the following commands:
  3. Lastly in PowerShell, run this command (replacing ACCOUNTNAME with your Group Managed Service Account):
  4. Open SQL Server Configuration Manager and select SQL Server Services.
  5. Open the Properties of the service you wish to edit.
  6. Under the Log On tab, Browse or type in the gMSA name. The gMSA should end with a $. The password field should remain blank:
  7. A prompt will appear asking for confirmation. Select Yes.

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