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Moving Sql Server logins

Posted on 2013-01-12
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I am in the midst of moving a sql server db from a GoDaddy hosting environment to Amazon Web Services. I have successfully moved the tables, stored procedures, and UDF's. The .Net application using this db is mostly running and displaying records from the new hosting environment.
However some functionality requires a user to login, and the logins were not moved.  The scripts suggested by articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base all use the "master" db, and I don't have permission to access that, so the scripts fail.
I also get a connection string problem on login attempts, which is puzzling b/c the correct fields are displayed for the functions that don't require login.
I mostly moved the tables using Import/Export from Sql Server Management Studio, and moved the stored procs using scripts from Management Studio.
I'm over my head on the logins, however, and crossing my fingers on the roles getting sorted out too.
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by:Steve Wales
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The only place you can get the logins from is master.

You'll either have to recreate them manually or perhaps you can set up a  ticket with your hosting provider to extract the logins for you (although, I would think that if you're a soon to be ex-customer they may not be very accomodating on that).

Do you have permissions to create logins on the new server ?  If you can, create the logins from scratch with the same names as they were on the old server (a login gets you logged onto the server instance, then you have users in each database that are connected to that login).

If you can get users created, you should be able to do this to fix the orphaned users in your databases:
http://www.fileformat.info/tip/microsoft/sql_orphan_user.htm
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by:Eugene Z
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get permissions or ask your daddy to help,,
btw: who did  set your logins?
you can recreate your logins if you know passwords or can set a new ones




try to use this (is it what did?).
maybe it is set already - just try EXEC master..sp_help_revlogin



How to transfer logins and passwords between instances of SQL Server
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/246133
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When I moved the db using the SSMS import/export wizard, the logins were moved as well.My problem is solved
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by:Eugene Z
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hmm.
lucideq: do you mean non of the posted solutions helped you? :)

I am sure they did
if not - what was the solution?

if the as posted - you can not just close this
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by:Mark Klein
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None of the posted solutions helped me. They either involved permissions or going to the master db or other techniques suggested in the MSFT docs.  What did work was a different method of moving the db, as noted. which brought along the logins with it.
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by:Eugene Z
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there is no sql server "different method"  all in the master DB \ the posted solutions are only (unlikely godaddy let you play with the master DBs backup\restore or use 3rd party tools that are using above posted solutions)

if you meant some application logins (not Sql server) stored in your user DB table - it is asome different story

let say- for the sql server logins the above EE posts are correct -

" What did work was a different method of moving the db, as noted" is not for sql server some thing else what we do not know .

if you really think there is some unknown for EE secret method in sql server world to move sql server logins or we missed one of the methods -- > feel free to share details
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if not -  it is "objection"
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by:Mark Klein
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The suggested alternatives were ones I had already tried
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