HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable SharePoint 2013

If you are running SharePoint 2013 in Windows 2012 then Windows 2012 will force the administrator password to be expired (which I feel this is no right). You SharePoint2013 will get you “HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable” when you want to navigate to SharePoint 2013 Central Administration.

The only way I make it work is

1. Disable all the Group Policy for Password.


2. Disable all the Local Security Policy for Password.


3. Set the administrator password back to original.

Let me know if you find a better way to make it work.

About chanmingman

Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress ( till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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2 Responses to HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable SharePoint 2013

  1. Daniel says:

    This really helped me resolve the exact same issue I ran into today.

  2. SPAdam says:

    Other than Password expiry and Application Pool in Stopped status, There are few more reasons for Service Unavailable: HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable in SharePoint

    Found this checklist to resolve this error in –

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