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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

SP2010: The Unattended Service Account Application ID is not specified or has an invalid value.


I Have been getting this warning on the "SharePoint Health Analyser" forever on many farms but never get around to resolving it.

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

The Unattended Service Account is a single, low-privileged account that Visio Graphics Service impersonates when it connects to data sources external to Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, such as Microsoft SQL Server. This account is required to connect to these external data sources.

In Central Admin, goto "Manage Service Application"
Scroll down to Secure Store Service and click on it

If you have not done this you will get his message:
"Before creating a new Secure Store Target Application, you must first generate a new key for this Secure Store Service Application from the ribbon."

Enter your Pass Phrase here

You will now be able to click on "New"

You have have to complete the following:
  • Target Application ID: This must be a Unique Identifier (This cannot be changed)
  • Enter a name
  • Enter a valid e-mail address.
  • Target Application Type: Choose a group here (This allows me to bind a group to one user account)

Note: (As per:
There are two primary types for creating a target application:
  •        Group, for mapping all the members of one or more groups to a single set of credentials on the external data source.
  •        Individual, for mapping each user to a unique set of credentials on the external data source

If this error is displayed: 
The given key was not present in the dictionary.
Solution: (Source

  • Open Active Directory Users and Computers
  • Find your installation account (SP_Admin)
  • Select "Advanced Features" from the View Menu
  • Open the properties of the desired account
  • Select the "Security" tab
  •  Find your farm service account (the one running the central admin app pool and the timer service) and give them the “Read Account Restrictions” permission on the user object.

Once you retry this task you should get the following screen:
Click Next

On the membership screen you need to add you installation account:

After creating the new application, you can add credential mappings by using the "Set Credentials" button for the selected application. You can edit the settings of this application later at the Manage Target Applications page

For the error i am experiencing i am not going to set the credentials for the user but you do it by click on drop down next to the Target Application ID you created.

Now to resolve the error
  • Go back to "Manage Service Applications"
  • Scroll down to "Visio Graphics Service" and click on it
  • Click on global settings
  • Enter the TargetApplicationID you just created at the bottom of this page

Well that is it. 

You can go to your Health Analyser and re-analyse the warning. It can take some time before the warning goes away.

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