Logging in SQL Server as SA

Posted on 2015-02-01
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Last Modified: 2015-02-01

I have 'control server' permission in SQL Server 2012,
Currently I am trying to assign 'sa' a password in order to log in as 'sa' when there is a need.

 Using SQL Server Management Studio I click on security > log in  and right click sa > properties,
 select the general tab and set the password and confirm it after unchecking the 'enforce password policy' box.
I then click OK and everything seem to be in working fine (no error messages) but when I try to log in with the newly assigned password the log in fails.

Can you help? Thank you

Question by:adamtrask
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Mike Eghtebas earned 2000 total points
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During the installation, regardless you have started with windows authentication or Mixed authentication, there is a need to identify a user with admin rights. If you have not installed this instance, then get this user name and its password to work with the database. Or ask the installer to grant you given the rights you need in this instance. SA account by default is disabled to force installer to choose an existing user for system admin role. SA could be enable but it really needs to remain disabled and not used at all (at least this is how it should be in 2012 and later).


This link may be of some use for you: https://sudeeptaganguly.wordpress.com/2010/04/20/how-to-enable-sa-account-in-sql-server/

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ID: 40583151
Thank you. That is what I needed.

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ID: 40583152
Thank you very much

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