How to Take SQL Instance Ownership (When locked out)

  • Article ID: 119047
  • Updated: 14 Jan 2014


You cannot log into a SQL Instance to run commands on the database (when locally on the DB system) because you are not a SQL administrator - but are a system administrator.

First seen in
SafeGuard Enterprise
SafeGuard Easy
Enterprise Console


Assuming the user is an administrator on the system, this can either be because of:

  1. Their account has explicit permissions
  2. SQL 2008+, the default is only the installing user is a DBA. If that user is no longer around, it can leave an orphaned instance.

What To Do

To recover access to a SQL Server instance see the article below which details how to use Microsoft SQL Management Studio (SSMS) and the Microsoft tool 'PsExec'.

If you need more information or guidance, then please contact technical support.

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