Retrieve passwords for SharePoint 2010 Farm, Web Application and Service Application Accounts
To recover password of SharePoint Farm, you need to log on with a Local Administrator account on a server with Central Administration. To recover passwords for Web Applications or services you need to log on with Administrator account to server where it is running.
For Central Admin, that would be:
- SharePoint Central Administration v4
But we can also uncover the passwords for other Application Pools, e.g.:
- SharePoint – 80
- SharePoint Web Applications
Next, at the command prompt (or PowerShell) you can use the IIS appcmd.exe to request the Password field from the ProcessModel section of the applicationHost.config file.
For example, in console or PowerShell. Write code in single line!:
&$env:windir\\system32\\inetsrv\\appcmd.exe list apppool "SharePoint Central Administration v4" /text:ProcessModel.Password
An example run is shown below:
The password will be stored in c:\Test.txt.