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SQL Server : Fixing the Orphaned Users

In my last post , we have discussed about orphaned uses and how to find out the orphaned users. In this post let us see how to fix the orphaned users.

In the scenario where the login is got deleted , the orphan users can be fixed by dropping the user from the databases using the below script.
DROP USER Testwindows

Some time the above script may throw an error saying that the users owns a schema.Find out the schema owned by this login by querying the catalog view sys.schema and mapping the principal_id to sys.database_principals.Either drop these schemas or change the ownership based on your environment. To change the ownership of the schema ,use the below command


In the scenario where  database restored in a different environment, we can fix the SID mismatch between the sys.server_principals and sys.database_principals by using the system stored procedure sp_change_users_login. For example you have login Mydomain\Lastname.Firstname in two instances namely INST1 and INST2. This login is associated with the user TestWindowsUser with  db_owner right on one of the database (MyDb) in INST1. Now you have taken backup of MyDb and restored it on the INST2 and  Mydomain\Lastname.Firstname will not be able to access the restored database as its SID is not matching with sys.server_principals SID . To fix this issue we can run the below command on the restored database.
Exec sp_change_users_login 'update_one''TestWindowsUser''Mydomain\Lastname.Firstname'

Note: This is a deprecated feature in SQL server 2008 and you can use alter user as given below

ALTER USER TestWindowsUser WITH LOGIN [Mydomain\Lastname.Firstname]

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I have total of 11 years of IT experience with Application development, Database Development and Database Administration. I have worked with different version of SQL server from 7.0 to 2008.Started my carrier as VB ,VC++ and database developer in a banking sector for implementing their core banking solution. Currently working as Database Administrator with wide knowledge in performance tuning, high availability solution, troubleshooting and server monitoring. This blog is my humble attempt to share my knowledge and what I learned from my day to day work.


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