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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    The MS SQL event log (assuming you have auditing enabled) should reveal when/who changed the password.

    To reset the sa password, you can do the following:

    1. Login to the SQL Server box as the Administrator.
    2. Run SQL Server Enterprise Manager.
    3. Right-click the server name and choose 'Edit SQL Server Registration properties'.
    4. Choose 'Use Windows authentication' and click OK button.
    5. Expand a server, expand a Security and click Logins.
    6. Double-click the sa login and specify new password on the General tab.

    I've no idea if this will break Sims.Net though.

    Sorry to bump an age old thread, but I need to have my sa password to migrate the database to a new machine, inherited the system so no idea what it is. I tried the above method and I get an error saying password change failed because either the account does not exist or I do not have permission. I'm logged onto the machine as administrator.

    Any ideas?

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    You can reset the password via a cmd prompt. We had it reset by the LEA so might be worth speaking to them.

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    you could try the changesapwd executable mentioned but you'll probably run into the same permissions problem.
    i'm not sure, but i think it's possible to have windows authentication setup so that a user other than administrator has admin rights, BUT, the actual administrator account doesn't. If this is the case you could try an old user's account - longshot i know.

    on the other hand, what type of migration are you doing? if you have a .bak backup file of teh DB you can just create a new SQL server, choose your own SA password and restore using dbattach. Even if you have the mdf/ldf you can copy them to new server and dbattach.

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