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Change SA account password

Posted on 2008-10-22
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The SQL Administrator just left our organization, and I would like to reset the "sa" account password within SQL.  It's SQL 2000 Enterprise, and is installed on a 2-node Microsoft cluster (MSCS).

Can I simply go into Enterprise Manager, right-click, and reset the password...simple as that?  Or is there more to it?  Do I need to stop/restart services, etc.  I'm not that familiar with SQL, and don't want to do anything detrimental to our SQL environment as many critical apps are running on it.

Thanks.
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Hopefully your apps should not be logging in using the "sa" account, but you may want to double check this before changing the password.
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could you please clarify what you mean by that?  where would users be logging into apps with this account...it was setup during the SQL install and was never given to anyone outside of IT.  Thanks.
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When your apps retrieve data, they need to supply credentials to the server. This could be done either by sending the user's Active Directory authentication info, or by using "SQL Server" security, where they send a programmed username and password. The server may be set up to accept one or both types.   If you are using the latter type, there may be userids and passwords stored in connection strings, ODBC definitions, etc.

The users would probably never see the password but it could still be programmed in to their app.

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Hemantgiri S. Goswami earned 250 total points
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IMO, it would take 3~4 mins and you should restart services after you change SA password, and as suggested you should double check if your application running under SA account.
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