During an install of SharePoint 2013 SP1 the following issues was encountered post installation where the configuration wizard would fail with the following error: failed to create sample data

“The SDDL string contains an invalid sid or sid that cannot be translated”

To resolve this issue I attempted to run all SharePoint servers as the local service account. This attempt failed and did not change my outcome.  The same issues occurred once again; the post I followed did not help in this case but good to know.

Next I attempted the following steps which involved dropping into the SharePoint Management Shell

In the SharePoint Management Shell issue the following command:

$SearchService = Get-Credential <computername>\UserName

Entering the above command will prompt you for an administrative password. Enter that and click OK

Then in the SharePoint Management Shell enter in the following command:

New-SPManagedAccount -Credential $SearchService

Next, Open Explorer and browse to “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Servers\15.0\Data\Office Server” and you will see the folder that starts with Analytics with a guid.

Right-click folder > Properties > Sharing >Advanced Sharing

Check the “Share this folder’ check box and click on Permissions

Add the WSS_ADMIN_WPG and Search Service accounts with Full Control

Run the SharePoint Configuration Wizard again and “Success”

Ref – Google Search


I hope you enjoyed this #techshort and thanks for visiting – jermal