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There are many different types of accounts in a typical Active Directory environment. These include user accounts, computer accounts, and a particular type of account called a service account.

A service account is a special type of account that serves a specific purpose for services, and ultimately, applications in the environment.

These special-purpose Active Directory accounts are also the subject of cyber-security risks in the environment.

What is a service account? What special privileges does it have on local systems? What cyber-security risks can relate to service accounts used in the environment? How can IT admins find weak or non-expiring passwords used in Active Directory for service accounts?

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