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Change Sharepoint 2013 Passphrase Key using Powershell

Background

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I’ve been working on SharePoint technology for past couple of years. In one of our lab environment, we are working on a SharePoint 2013 infrastructure. There was a requirement when we wanted to configure another instance of SharePoint and join it to Existing Farm. this is very basic requirement when you want to join existing server farm. unfortunately we didn’t had note of our PassPhrase Key. this key SharePoint ask us when we are configuring server farm, and in order to join that server farm, you need that key. but if you don’t have it or for some reason have forgotten it. you can still reset it using Power shell.

  • Go to SharePoint 2013 Management Shell, and type following command
 Get-Help Set-SPPassPhrase -Detailed
  • The above command will give you the detail information about command available in Powershell for resetting your passphrase key.
  • forget about all the details it tells you and go straight to example section.  you might see something like under
Power shell

Power shell Commandlet

  • You can use following commands to reset key
$passphrase = ConvertTo-SecureString -String "MyPassPhraseKey" -asPlainText -Force

Set-SPPassPhrase -PassPhrase $passphrase -Confirm

If you are familiar with Power Shell, you might already know that what is happening, but if you are new then let me explain. $passphrase is a variable and you actually assign your Passphrase Key in our case that key is “MyPassPhraseKey”. when you press enter after first command, it is stored in the memory. Second command apply the Passphrase and with the help of -Confirm, it will reconfirm you once again.
I hope it will useful for you. please keep me posted.

Configure Team Foundation Server to use custom domain name

Team Foundation Server

(TFS) is great product by Microsoft used for Project Management, version control in team environment. I’ve been using Team Foundation Server since 2010, and i prefer to install it on my own servers. when I install TFS, the only way to access TFS Server was though Server Name and a default Port : 8080. that is not convenient most of the time, specially i wanted to configure TFS to use a subdmain something like this (http://tfs.mywebsite.com). Here is a sloution for you

  • First of all you must have a FQDN or domain name, and access to the domain control panel.
  • I assume that you are familiar with domain configuration and your computer on which you have installed TFS is accessible through live IP.
  • Next step open your Team Foundation Server Administrative Consol
  • Click on Change URLs
  • and Change URLs accordingly
  • See Picture 1
Team Foundation Server Administrative Console

Picture : 1 Team Foundation Server Administrative Console

  • To Overcome LoopBack Problem  Change your registry key as following
  • Go to Regedit
  • Go to  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SYSTEM>CurrentControlSet>Control>LSa>MSV1_0
  • Create New  Multi-String Value  and Name it “BackConnectionHostNames”
  • Modify Registry Key  and add FQDN name as value (i.e. tfs.mywebsite.com)
TFS Registry Entry

Picture : 2 TFS Registry Entry

  • Modify web.config at the following location
  • C:\Program Files\Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010\Application Tier\Web Access\Web
<tfServers>
<add name="http://tfs.mywebsite.com/tfs" />
</tfServers>
  • Restart your computer
  • and now you can access your TFS Server thought your domain name.

I hope this will be helpful for you.