Retrieve / Decrypt lost password from Application Pools in IIS SharePoint

If you don’t have access to your organisations password safe or if you or your team mate has forgotten to add a password to a certain service account used in SharePoint, it is possible to retrieve the password from IIS!

There is a way to find out the application pool identity password via command line thanks to the inetsrv appcmd! :)

Open IIS and take note of the application pool name that runs the application pool identity with the password you want to retrieve.
In my example it is “SharePoint – intranet80”, so please replace this as appropriate to your environment.
Keep in mind – this works for any IIS application pool – SharePoint web app, SharePoint service applications or non SharePoint IIS / .NET sites application pools!

Open a command prompt and run this:

&$env:windir\system32\inetsrv\appcmd.exe list apppool "SharePoint - intranet80" /text:ProcessModel.Password

 
Thanks:
http://joelblogs.co.uk/2012/09/22/recovering-passwords-for-sharepoint-2010-farm-web-application-and-service-application-accounts/

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