While I was in the process of setting up a test domain so I can see how easy/hard it would be to build a TFS environment with all the latest bits (Windows Server 2012 R2, SQL Server 2014, SharePoint 2013 Enterprise with SP1, and Team Foundation Server 2013 with Update 2), I ran into a bit of a problem with my SharePoint PassPhrase.
While I was configuring the Secure Store Service, it was not taking my PassPhrase. I’m not sure what happened, but I know when I first set up the PassPhrase, I didn’t use any special characters. When I tried to enter in the PassPhrase for the Secure Store Service, it wanted it.
I’m certainly no SharePoint expert by any stretch of the imagination so I found a really good article explaining what what the PassPhrase is for and how to reset your Farm PassPhrase.
SharePoint Farm PassPhrase: What is it? How to Reset?
Once I ran through these directions, I was able to get my environment online without any issues.
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