Syncback blank account password not accepted

Syncback scheduled backup softwareSyncback is an excellent backup tool which we use here to control client backups. There’s a free version and a more powerful paid version. They both suffer the same problem as other backup tools which is the inability to schedule a backup for a user profile that has a blank password.

Usually the error is something like this:

“An error has occurred while attempting to set task account information. The specific error is: 0x8007007: Access is denied. You do not have permission to perform the requested operation”

No problem because we can head over to the trusty Windows Registry Editor to force Windows to accept blank passwords.
Now first off I want to say that any account without a password is running the risk of being compromised, especially those that are Administrator accounts. However, if you need to have your passwords blank for any reason, here’s my fix:

  • Start
  • Run and type in “regedit” without the quotes
  • Press enter
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa
  • Double click it the subkey “LimitBlankPasswordUse”.  If it’s set to 1 it will not allow blank passwords so change this to 0 (zero).
  • Exit the registry editor and you should now have the ability to schedule without passwords.

Hope that helps!

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