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Changing the sa Password with SSMS–#SQLNewBlogger

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers.

I wanted to make a quick note on changing the sa password, as this is a sensitive account, and the password should be changed if you ever suspect it is compromised. I’d also recommend you change this if anyone that knows the password leaves your group.

Changing sa with SSMS is really simple. Follow these steps:

Connect to SSMS as a sysadmin. You can check this for your login. Then expand the Security folder and the Logins folder. Right click the “sa” account and choose properties.

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Once you do this, you’ll get the login properties dialog, and see the Password text field at the top in the General tab.

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You can type a new password in the Password box, and confirm this in the Confirm Password box. Password policies checks are up to you, though I’d recommend you use them.

Click OK and the password is changed. You can then connect a new query window as “sa” and verify your password.


Make sure you know how to do this. It’s a basic skill, so learn it, blog about it, and use it where appropriate. Maybe write about why you’d do this in your own post.

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