change control in SQL Server

what kind of management tasks/development tasks/support arrangements go through change control in your SQL Server environment? we are looking to ensure all changes that could pose an issue, i.e. performance/security/availability/reliability go through formal change control processes, but I was looking for some of the common sorts of tasks in SQL where you have to go through change control/approval, and then I wondered how we can identify recent changes made to the SQL Server, to use in checking their was a corresponding change control ticket. Any examples most welcome (as well as examples of standard low risk changes that you dont have to go through change control with).
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ChrisSenior Technical ArchitectCommented:
change control
creation of new DB's
deletion of DB's
changes to maintenance plans i.e. time it runs, how it runs - this would include backups, reindexes etc incase it conflicts
changes of any settings within SQL
adding of logins SQL/windows where a standard framework is not established i.e. new database new kind of rights - finance have datareader but not data writer and they want this level of access

incidents\services requests (means its recorded for audit but not formally going through CAB)
adding of logins SQL/windows where a standard framework is established i.e. established database and exisitng rights - finance have datareader access and a new member of the finance team needs this access

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EugeneZ ZhitomirskySQL SERVER EXPERTCommented:
what sql server version\edition do you use?

The most popular way additionally to .sql files saving and creating object in some test DB
is TFS Team Foundation Server

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pma111Author Commented:
thanks all

>changes of any settings within SQL

can you give some examples?
Jagdish DevakuSr DB ArchitectCommented:
There are few settings you need to do if you are using TFS.

The link is already share by EugeneZ.

Or you can use some change requests tools:

If your organization uses Sharepoint, then the following link for Change Request Management template.

Manage Engine is another good tool:


You can also find some free open source tools online.

ChrisSenior Technical ArchitectCommented:
these are just some examples

memory allocation for the server\instance
change Processor settings like affinity
authentication methods
change tempDB setings, file locations
network settings for SQL i.e. ports, IP's configured in SQL Network Config
Jagdish DevakuSr DB ArchitectCommented:
To track the DDL changes in SQL Server you can have triggers to do it... below is the link which will help..

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