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Retrieve the password of sa account


Retrieve the password of sa account

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Raamamohan
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How to retrieve Password in SQL 2005 witout creating/logging windows authentication?

Also how to identify passwords using TSQL or through VB programme
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If you have locked yourself out of SQL Server, look at single-user mode. As far as retrieving passwords? Can't be done. SQL Server stores a hash of the password, not the actual password. You can use a tool like NGS SQuirreL for SQL Server, which will brute force the password, but it's not actually a retrieval.

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Hi Brian,

How do I get your solution to work on a server that is the DC?!

I'm running SQL Server 2008 on Windows Server 2008, and this server is the AD DC, and so there are no local accounts.

I stupidly removed the Administrator login in SQL Server Management Studio, and I don't know the sa password!

Regards,

Barry



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Apologies Brian, please ignore my previous post. I was able to carry out your procedure using the domain admin account.

It failed the first time because I hadn't closed ALL the SQL Server services and so it was erroring saying there was another user logged in.

I've now back in and all is well with the world!

Many thanks,

Barry



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Change SA Password in SQL Server Using SQL Server Management Studio

1.Connect to SQL Server Using SQL Server Management Studio 2. Expand Security -> Logins -> Right click sa to open up Login Properties in SQl management studio, Login section.

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