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Am I a sysadmin? (or other SQL Server role)

How do you check if you are a sysadmin? It’s fairly easy to do in Management Studio. You can go to Security \ Server Roles \ Sysadmin, as shown here:


You right click sysadmin and click properties to get a list of sysadmins. You can do this for any role, and that’s the easy way if you want to verify permissions.


What if you have an open connection to the server, say in a Query window or Powershell session and want to verify your role. There’s a function to help you: Is_SrvrRoleMember().

If you execute something like this:


You’ll get a one back if you are a member of that role, and a 0 otherwise. That will allow you to easily determine your current permissions, or check permissions programatically and continue on with your work depending on the results.

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Posted by Jason Brimhall on 5 April 2011

What a coincidence.  I posted a blog about the same topic today.

Posted by dfortier on 8 April 2011

Very helpful, thank you.

Posted by sknox on 8 April 2011

Sure, this function will you tell if your account is a member of the sysadmin role, and your job description/contract will tell you if it's part of your duties, but determining if YOU are a sysadmin requires a rigorous psychological evaluation and hours of deep soul-searching. ;P

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 8 April 2011

sknox - you forgot the sleep deprivation.

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