Managed Accounts vs unmanaged accounts in SharePoint 2010

A Managed Account is effectively an Active Directory user account whose credentials are managed by and contained within SharePoint. This scenario is what enables farm administrators to join machines to the farm without specifying the credentials as had to be done in previous versions of the product: http://blogs.technet.com/b/wbaer/archive/2010/04/11/managed-accounts.aspx

Attention: Some SharePoint 2010 services will break, because they are default configured with managed accounts (search, usersync). SharePoint 2010 default behavior cross-pollinates unfortunately managed accounts (Search Service app) with unmanaged accounts (default cralwer).

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