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create user test without login
execute as user = 'test';
select system_user
revert
drop user test

when i run the above, i get the value of
S-1-9-3-2009668872-1126946027-3271010458-694455781
which i can't see in sysusers or syslogins.. what is it?

thanks
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Question by:anushahanna
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It's showing you a SID of an orphan user, which is a user account without a login.
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by:anushahanna
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But could not see it in sysusers (that id starting with S-') rather we have a regular sid

create user test without login
execute as user = 'test';
select system_user
select * from sysusers where name = 'test'
revert
drop user test
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by:Scott Pletcher
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My best guess is that SQL may have to create some type of login name internally because of the way its processes work.  You're likely seeing that "dummy" login name.
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by:anushahanna
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OK. that makes sense.
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by:anushahanna
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Thank you for your input.
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