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Problem adding the securityadmin role to the sa account (2005)


Problem adding the securityadmin role to the sa account (2005)

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Hi Guys,

I'm trying to add the securityadmin server role to the sa user but have been unable to due to an error occuring. The error says "Add member failed for server role 'securityadmin'. Cannot use the special principal 'sa' Microsoft SQL Server error 15405."

I assumed that the sa account would already have the required permission to perform most operations on the server but I have been asked to try assiging this server role to sa by a support guy for our third party product.

Has anyone got any ideas why this error is occuring? I have been looking on loads of forums but cannot find anything relevant to me.

Thanks in advance for any help!


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Yes, sa can perform any task that a member of security admin can (and more).  Mind you if your thrid party product requires the sa account, then it's probably time to change your third party!

John


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Thanks John. But just out of interest why would I be getting that error?
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I think the answer is "just because".  sa has fixed permissions and therefore you can't add it to or remove it from fixed server roles, hence the error message.

John


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