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lost passwords--any hope?


lost passwords--any hope?

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middletree
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This has probably been asked before. Small company, the former IT people long gone. A SQL Server 2005 database exists, but there's no record of any loginname/password, including sa. And yes, we did try sa and blank. Is there any hope?
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Do have the administrator password to the Windows server administrator account that the database instance resides on? If so, and if the former admin did not remove the BUILTIN/administrators group from the 'sysadmin' role, you should be able to log in to the database instance using Windows Authentication.

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Sorry I should have mentioned I tried that.
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Try single user mode then:

http://blogs.msdn.com/raulga/archive/2007/07/12/disaster-recovery-what-to-do-when-the-sa-account-password-is-lost-in-sql-server-2005.aspx

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Before taking the system down and putting SQL Server in single user mode, try adding your windows domain account to the SQL Server specific windows groups on the server. Those groups, by default - have sysadmin rights to SQL Server.

You should be able to add your account and then login using windows authentication.

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i think you can use the Surface Area Configuration tool to add yourself as an administrator, and then change the passwords of the lost admins, including "sa", right?


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Lowell, if that functionality adds the users to the right local windows groups - then yes, that should work. If it doesn't, then it will need to login to SQL Server with admin rights - which isn't known.

My bet is that it adds the user(s) to the appropriate windows groups and not to SQL Server.

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I'm not sure what you mean by SQL Server-specific windows groups.
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middletree (5/4/2010)
there's no record of any loginname/password, including sa. And yes, we did try sa and blank.
then how do you login now ?

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I can't log in. I know the DB exists, but can't get in.
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