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Can't create users -- permissions issue


Can't create users -- permissions issue

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Ray K
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Hey guys . . .

My computer was hit with a virus last week, so I had to wipe the drive and rebuild. I've ben trying to reinstall and rebuild everything that I had before.

One of them is SQL 2008. I'm trying to recreate my staging database environment locally on my machine. I went to the database server, generated a script, and tried to run it locally on my machine.

When I run the script, I get the following when I try to create users (user and schema names changed to protect the innocent):

Msg 15007, Level 16, State 1, Line 2
'UserName' is not a valid login or you do not have permission.



This line is generating the error:
CREATE USER [UserName] FOR LOGIN [UserName] WITH DEFAULT_SCHEMA=[SchemaName]



This is happening regardless of the user name I'm trying to create.

I figure it's a permissions issue somewhere, but I can't figure out where to look. BOL hasn't been very helpful (although I'm still looking).

Can one of you point me in the right direction?

Thanks, guys!

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It’s your own system so I am asking it, Are you not using sa login for running the scripts?
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What are you logged in as? SQL login or windows login? What permissions does that login have?

Does the login 'UserName' exist?

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Dev (1/4/2012)
It’s your own system so I am asking it, Are you not using sa login for running the scripts?

I'm using my Windows login, which should have sa permissions (or so I thought).

I'll give it another shot with the sa login.

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Well, I tried it with the sa login. No dice; I'm getting the same thing.

GilaMonster (1/4/2012)
Does the login 'UserName' exist?


No; in fact, I'm trying to create it. This is what's generating the error.

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CREATE USER [UserName] 
FOR LOGIN [UserName]
WITH DEFAULT_SCHEMA=[SchemaName]



Does the login & schema exist?
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When you rebuilt, and resinstalled, I assume, did you "add Current User" as an administrator? That's easy to miss.

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Steve Jones - SSC Editor (1/4/2012)
When you rebuilt, and resinstalled, I assume, did you "add Current User" as an administrator? That's easy to miss.

Yeah, that I did remember to do.

Dev and Gail pretty much gave it to me -- the login didn't exist. For some reason, I was equating "login" with "user." Oops. Blush

As always, thanks for your help, guys!

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Ray K (1/4/2012)
Well, I tried it with the sa login. No dice; I'm getting the same thing.

GilaMonster (1/4/2012)
Does the login 'UserName' exist?


No; in fact, I'm trying to create it. This is what's generating the error.


If the login doesn't exist, you'll first need to create it with CREATE LOGIN, then switch to the specific DB and run CREATE USER ... FOR LOGIN ...

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Ray K (1/4/2012)
Steve Jones - SSC Editor (1/4/2012)
When you rebuilt, and resinstalled, I assume, did you "add Current User" as an administrator? That's easy to miss.

Yeah, that I did remember to do.

Dev and Gail pretty much gave it to me -- the login didn't exist. For some reason, I was equating "login" with "user." Oops. Blush

As always, thanks for your help, guys!


Sometimes, more often than not, the error message is very clear as to what the underlying issue is ;-)
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