How to drop a user attached to same schema with out dropping schema

  • virgo

    Ten Centuries

    Points: 1266

    As saw under schema properties below

    A database user can be dropped without dropping objects in a corresponding schema.

    My question here is when I am trying to drop a user ex 'testuser' which is tagged to a schema 'testuser' which has few objects (table and function) under that schema.

    When I am trying to drop the user am getting a below error msg.

    Msg 3729, Level 16, State 1, Procedure sp_revokedbaccess, Line 51

    Cannot drop schema 'testuser' because it is being referenced by object 'table'

    So i want to know the best method to drop the existing user 'testuser' and recreate it with different set of permissions.

    Thanks in advance!!

  • Mike01


    Points: 11070

    The user is also the owner of the schema. Change the owner of the schema, then you can drop the user.



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  • virgo

    Ten Centuries

    Points: 1266

    Thanks Mike for the reply...but one strange thing here in my scenario i canot change the schema to dbo coz the same objects exists on dbo schema as well as testuser.

    So will it be better

    1) to drop the schema then drop the user

    2) create the schema again and assign it new user created.

    or is there any other best way to do with out droping the schema?


  • Oliiii


    Points: 5328

    It doesn't change the schema to dbo, it changes the owner of the schema to dbo, you'll still have both your schemas and your user will be free to be droped.

    You can reasign the schema to your user after you've changed the rights.

    You can also change the rights without droping the user though.

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