Errors were encountered during the configuration of the Search Service Application.

I have encountered the following exception after configuring Domain Controller on my stand alone SharePoint 2013 Azure VM.

The actual exceptions is “Windows NT user or group ‘SDsdakoju’ not found. Check the name again. at System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection.OnError(SqlException exception, Boolean breakConnection, Action`1 wrapCloseInAction) at System.Data.SqlClient.TdsParser.”

Root Cause:
Since I did not start off with a Domain Controller, all my SQL accounts were in “machinenameusername” format, so the SQL server Logins did not get the updated username format “domainnameusername” 

Following is the screen capture of the exception

Windows NT user or group not found

Windows NT user or group not found


I have modified the user accounts to “domainname/username” . I set my domain as ‘SD’. Please see below Before-After screen captures. Everything else is self-explanatory.

Errors were encountered during the configuration of the Search Service Application

Screen capture showing before and after changes to the SQL Logins

Hope this helps to resolve your issue.


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