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By Greg Drake,
This script contains various queries I have written on the subject of security as it applies to a single SQL Server instance. It's arranged so I can either (A) run one query I need alone or (B) run the whole thing as a batch to dump out everything at once.
Option B might not seem useful at first (information overload!), but consider that if your output in SSMS is set to "Results to Text", this will allow you to quickly copy off a single text file that contains everything you might want to know about that server's security at a point in time. Furthermore, the queries are carefully structured and ordered to be consistent. This makes two of these text files easy to compare with a standard compare/diff/merge application (e.g. WinMerge, Beyond Compare).
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