I tried to create a new SharePoint Server 2010 farm by using PowerShell cmdlet “New-SPConfigurationDatabase” in one of the first steps.
I got this error:
New-SPConfigurationDatabase : The passphrase supplied does not meet the minimum complexity requirements. Please select another passphrase that meets all of the following criteria: is at least 8 characters; contains at least three of the following four character groups: English uppercase characters (A through Z); English lowercase characters (a through z); Numerals (0 through 9); Non-alphabetic characters (such as !, $, #, %). Type a passphrase which meets these requirements.
At C:UsersService.SP_InstallDesktopSetupScript.ps1:41 char:28
+ New-SPConfigurationDatabase <<<< -DatabaseName $spconfigdbname -DatabaseServer $dbserver -Passphrase $sppassphrase_sec -FarmCredentials $spfarmcredential
+ CategoryInfo : InvalidArgument: (System.Security.SecureString:SecureString) [New-SPConfigurationDatabase], SPException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell.SPCmdletNewSPConfigurationDatabase
This is my script:
Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
$sppassphrase_sec = (ConvertTo-SecureString $sppassphrase -AsPlainText -force)
$spfarmcredential = new-object -typename System.Management.Automation.PSCredential -argumentlist $spfarmuser, (ConvertTo-SecureString $spfarmuserpwd -AsPlainText -force)
New-SPConfigurationDatabase –DatabaseName “configdb” -DatabaseServer “sqlserver” -Passphrase $sppassphrase_sec -FarmCredentials $spfarmcredential
After debugging I found the following:
When I write the value of variable “$sppassphrase” the the console (with cmdlet write-host) I get:
The problem is: The part “$sV3SthlkyN” will be interpreted as variable name!!!
You have to use escape sequences at least for the “$” character:
Use ‘ instead of ” and you will not have a problem at all!
You’ll get what you’ve expected: The correct password string including “$”… (But the solution above also works!)
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Thank you!! I was wondering what was wrong with my pass-phrase since I could get other pass-phrases to work. I needed to know why.
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