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SQL sysadmin and serveradmin

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Any SQL expert out there to explain what serveradmin is not capable of doing in the SQL server that sysadmin is capable of.
they seem like that they are capable of doing the same things.

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I think 'serveradmin' can *only* do server settings (and restart the server).  I didn't think they could set permissions, create/drop databases, or create/drop logins/users.

I could be wrong, though.
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BOL has a list of the permission on each fixed server role:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms175892%28v=sql.90%29.aspx

Also, an article here with an example and some further discussion.

Hope that helps.
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I was going to link to that article, but I find it very un-helpful.  Some of these permission sets are super-sets of the others, but I haven't found a very clear diagram/table/resource that shows this fact nicely.
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Somehow I left out this link that has examples:

http://www.sqlservercentral.com/Forums/Topic1377861-1526-1.aspx#bm1454672

A server admin can't query data from databases that it hasn't been specifically granted access to.

A sysadmin can.

That appears to be the big differentiator.
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