Change Database Ownership from a restored database

Posted on 2013-11-01
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Last Modified: 2014-09-24
I have a MS SQL 2000 server that I took the backup databases from, and restored them to a new and differently named MS SQL 2008 R2 server.

The restore went fine, and I can browse the tables and run queries.

I am installing an ERP Database Server Software (Infor Syteline 8.03) in a linked multi-site environment.
When I got to link the databases, I get the following error.

"Failed to link the database as multi-site:
[Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][SQL Server] Could not find server 'OLD SERVER NAME' in sys.servers. Verify thath the correct server name was specified. If necessary, execute the stored procedure SP_addlinkedserver to add the server to sys.servers.
[Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][SQL Server] The statement has been terminated."

I guess I am looking for a Query to change "OLD SERVER NAME" to "NEW SERVER NAME"

The stored procedure sp_addserver 'NEW SERVER NAME', 'local'; will not work because it says the server already exists.

I did not migrate the master database to this server. could that be the issue.
Question by:Moordoom
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ID: 39617183
This will change it to SA but you can replace that with the owner you want:

exec sp_changedbowner 'sa'
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ID: 39617191
For linked server I think you are out of luck with rename because I don't think you can rename linked servers, but you can create them correctly for your needs.

Before dropping existing linked server MAKE SURE you right click and script it the save that and keep safe!!

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ID: 39617867
EXEC sp_changedbowner 'sa' does not change the server the driver is trying to look for.
I am looking for a way to change the server name in sys.servers
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lcohan earned 2000 total points
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Your question title is:

<<Change Database Ownership from a restored database>>

and sp_changedbowner does exactly that.

In the details you ask indeed for a linked server name change and my comment Posted on 2013-11-01 at 11:33:37  ID: 39617191 is just the answer to that. You can't rename it, you can't update SQL System tables directly anymore.

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