I want to run the PI Web API under a group Managed Service account.
From the PI Web API manual and from past experience with the 2014/2015 and 2016 releases, I know this:
Changing the Service Account
Problem: Changing the PI Web API service account after installation causes problems with
the service: the service may fail to start or fail to serve requests as expected.
Solution: Run the PI Web API Admin Utility and set the PI Web API service account.
source: PI Web API
The utility does not allow to leave the password field empty. Not even with adding '$' at the end of the account name.
So we did the same in our latest deployment(2017 R2) and it worked!
In the release notes of the PI Web API 2017 R2, I see this line:
'Merge Channel controller to the core services'
Does this change have anything to do with the fact that we are allowed to change the Identity(Windows Service account) through windows services in stead of with the Utility only?