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I am setting up security on a new SQL Server. In the Server Role I do not want anyone to have any permissions. However, I find that the default is the public role and that allows for Connect sa permission. Can some  please explain this to me. I know that sa is sequel authentication, but how does that effect server role security. In other words when I choose properties on one of the user logins they (by default) get sa connection as a server role. What does this mean?
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'sa' is system administrator, a bit like Domain Admins in AD. It has control over everything.

You would NOT use this account for users to connect to, but you would create a new account (either Windows auth or SQL auth) and grant the permissions there.

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To be clear. i am looking in the Servers Role folder under Security in SSMS. In there are various roles, one of which is publc. Then when I check the properties of that role (public) it shows permission connect and grantor - sa. And that is the system administrator? And if yes I should change it to Deny. Because when I look into the properties of a login the default is public.
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By default every account is made a member of the public role. If you change that to deny; should you need to connect with SA to correct some issue that's gone horribly wrong; you wont be able to.

I would leave those permissions alone as you dont really need to worry about those unless you give our the sa username and password for folks to connect with which I strongly advise against.

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