“Some or all identity references could not be translated” error when creating managed account in SharePoint

Symptoms

You are trying to create a new managed account and what you get is either:

  • New-SPManagedAccount : Some or all identity references could not be translated error when you try to do it with New-SPManagedAccount PowerShell cmdlet
  • The specified user <AccountName> could not be found. Some or all identity references could not be translated when you try to do it in Central Administration GUI

What to check to pinpoint the issue

  • If the account name you are adding as managed is longer than 20 symbols

The reason why it doesn’t work

In this post I describe the case when an account has a name longer than 20 symbols (however, there might be other reasons for that error, such as deleted AD account). This easily can happen if you use descriptive account names, ruled by naming conventions or common sense.

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SharePoint performance issues caused by high amount of unique permissions

Every SharePoint admin have heard or read at least once that it is a bad practice to assign unique permissions to individual items in SharePoint. Yes, it is not good for content manageability, but why else it can be bad?

Working on it

As the title says it harms performance of your SharePoint. So if you have performance issues keep reading to know if it is related to permissions.

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