So You Locked Out Your Sysadmin User…What Next?

Sreekanth Bandarla shows how you can recover from having your sysadmin user account locked out or removed:

In this blog post, let’s see how to regain admin access on a SQL Server Instance in case you lost it by mistake or for whatever reason. It’s not a very common scenario, but hey you never know. I ran into this some time last week(Fortunately it’s in our POC environment), Okay, Here’s the deal – we have a POC SQL Instance which was installed by an individual who is no longer working with us and apparently he forgot to make our DBA grp as sysadmins. Basically we don’t have admin rights to our own SQL Instance, SA account is disabled(Well, No one has no clue what that pwd was to begin with). So, how did we recover from this disastrous event?

This is the “fake rock with a key in it” workaround.  Also, a good reason why there should be as few local administrators on your Windows machines as you can get away with.

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