SharePoint 2010: The Unattended Service Account Warning

After installing SharePoint 2010, you may notice warnings appear from the Health Analyzer after the system has been running for a while.

“The Unattended Service Account Application ID is not specified or has an invalid value.”

To fix this issue:

  • Open the Central Administration page.
  • Under “Application Management,” click on “Manage service applications.”
  • Click on “Secure service application.”
  • Next, in the ribbon at the top of the page, click on “Generate New Key.”
  • Enter a pass phrase and click OK.
  • Now, in the ribbon, click “New.”
  • For the Target Application ID, enter a unique identifier such as: TARGET_APPLICATION_ID
  • For the Display Name, enter some descriptive name such as: Target Application ID
  • Enter your email address.
  • Make sure to change the Target Application Type to GROUP.
  • Click Next.
  • Keep the defaults for the next screen and click Next.
  • Enter in your administrator account into the Target Application Administrators and Members fields.
  • Click OK.
  • Next, go to the Central Administration page.
  • Under “Application Management,” click on “Manage service applications.”
  • Scroll down and click on “Visio Graphics Service.”
  • Click on “Global Settings.”
  • Down at the bottom of the page, enter your target ID (TARGET_APPLICATION_ID) into the Application ID field and click OK.

Now, you can go back to your Central Administration page and view the warning messages once again.  Open the “Unattended Service Account” message and click “Reanalyze Now.”  After some time, the message should go away.

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