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ALthough not a SQL DBA myself, we have a SQL Server Healthcheck soon whereby I am told the assessor needs full access to the SQL Server Operating Systems and SQL Server itself. For the OS we can grant them temporary admin access, but for SQL Server, what would they need, do you need to grant them access to a database account per database, or would domain admin rights typically cover admin access to the SQL Servers as well?

Also how is likely they would access SQL Server, would they remote onto the Server? Or use tools locally on a designated PC?
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Lee Savidge earned 125 total points
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This may not help directly but you could try asking them what they want in terms of access and what, if any, tools they need.  I'm sure they'll let you know. If you make them an administrator on the domain and allow administrators using Windows authentication to access SQL Server, then they should be able to get access to what they need.
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While being integrated with system's security, SQL security has its own access control framework.  Typically, audits are realized by mapping sysadmin credential on SQL Server to a specific active directory user or group.  To do that, you simply declare the active directory/system user or group as a login on SQL Server.   Once created, you simply need to assign sysadmin credential to the freshly created login.

Hope this helps.
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by:Raja Jegan R
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For your vendor, you can provide a local windows login with administrator privileges temporarily and an SQL Login with sysadmin privileges since DB level healtcheck requires sysadmin privileges and disable both windows and sql login once check is completed..
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by:pma111
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Its a shame you cant consolodate it to just one domain account, I would have thought systems with windows authentication domain admins will by default have sysadmin privileges  in every instance?
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by:VirastaR
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Hi,

Check this out!
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/datacenter/reviewing-sql-server-permissions/466

also please provide more info on the SQL environment like version 2005/2008/R2 etc.

that would help us to help you better :)
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by:Raja Jegan R
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>> Its a shame you cant consolodate it to just one domain account, I would have thought systems with windows authentication domain admins will by default have sysadmin privileges  in every instance?

Its the way it worked with older version of SQL Server.
However starting from SQL Server 2005 onwards, windows admins will not have sysadmin rights at SQL Server level unless otherwise granted explicitly for Security reasons.
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So when you remote onto the server with your domain admin credentials, fire up sql server management studio, are you then prompted for either a SQL or AD username/password?
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>> are you then prompted for either a SQL or AD username/password?

You can simply select any one of them..
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