How to recover SQL Database Password-Quick Tricks

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If you lost SQL database Password and want to know “how to recover SQL database password”? Then this article will provide all the possible ways for recovering the SQL server database user password.

Microsoft has created SQL Server Management Studio (SQL Server), which is a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS). It is used to store SQL (Structured Query Language) code that creates database files, stores all the information in it, and is managed in a manner that can be retrieved whenever it is necessary.

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Why is it required to recover the password of the SQL server user database?

  1. Password lost or forgotten by SQL Server SA.
  2. All logins belonging to the role of the sysadmin removed mistakenly.
  3. By typing the wrong password, the SA account is disabled or locked.
  4. Logins are not accessible that belongs to the previous employers who left the organization.

Because of these reasons, it is necessary to recover the SQL SA password. Now, move forward to know the essential steps for recovery process:

How to recover SQL Server SA password?

There are three measures for solving “how to recover SQL database password”:

By Authentication of Windows

  1. If your database is enabled for Windows Authentication, you can use it to sign in to your server without entering a password. You can easily change the SQL server’s password after logging in.
    If Windows Authentication is not available, you will either need to reset your password using Single-User Mode or use Command Prompt.
  2. Make sure you’ve downloaded SSMS.

    SSMS is a user interface that allows you to change various aspects of your SQL Server settings in a window instead of a Command Prompt. Do the following if you do not have SSMS installed:

    • In a browser, move to the SSMS installation page.
    • Hit on the Download SQL Server Management Studio 17.6 link.
    • Then a downloaded SSMS setup file is present there, Double-click on that.
    • To install SSMS, follow the on-screen prompts.
  3. Open SSMS and then into the Start button type SQL server management studio. At the top of the Start window, hit on Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio 17.
  4. Press the “Authentication” drop-down box for the correct authentication., then in the menu select Windows Authentication.
  5. Press the connect button. If you are allowed to use Windows Authentication for your account, then this will log you in to your server’s dashboard.
  6. Extend the folder of the server: If the directory of your server on the upper-left side of the window has no multiple options below it, press the + icon on the left to extend it.
  7. Below the server name, there is a security folder available, expand it.
  8. Below the security folder, “Login folder” is there expand it.
  9. Within the “Logins” group of options, double hit on sa folder. System Administrator properties window will open next.
  10. A password field is there at the top of the window, enter a new password in “Password” and the “Confirm password” text fields.
  11. At the bottom of the window, click on OK. At last, the password will successfully be changed to a new one and then close the properties window.

By Single-User Mode:

  1. Even if you have locked your account, by using the Command Prompt, you can add a user and give them administrator permissions. You can use the credentials of the new user to log into your SQL Server account after doing this, from where you can update your SA password.
  2. Make sure you’ve downloaded SSMS.

    SSMS is a user interface that allows you to change various aspects of your SQL Server settings in a window instead of a Command Prompt. Do the following if you do not have SSMS installed:

    • In a browser, move to the SSMS installation page.
    • Hit on the Download SQL Server Management Studio 17.6 link.
    • Then a downloaded SSMS setup file is present there, Double-click on that.
    • To install SSMS, follow the on-screen prompts.
  3. In administrator mode, open Command Prompt. Visit the Start window, then do the following:
    • Type command prompt
    • Right-click Image titled Windowscmd1.png Command Prompt
    • Hit on Run as administrator
    • Click Yes when prompted.
  4. Stop SQL Instance: To stop the currently running SQL services, type in net stop MSSQLSERVER, and hit enter.
  5. Again start SQL in Single-User Mode: to start SQL, type in net start MSSQLSERVER -m “SQLCMD” and click on Enter.
    • You will not see any indication at this stage that you are operating in single-user mode, but the term “The SQL Server < MSSQLSERVER > service has been successfully launched” will appear.
  6. SQL Connect: To open the SQL command line, type in sqlcmd, and hit Enter.
  7. A new user and password creation: Type below commands in the SQL command line:

    Type in CREATE LOGIN name WITH PASSWORD=’password’

    where “name” is indicating the account name and “password” is indicating the new password.

  8. Hit Enter.
  9. Nest, type in GO, and click Enter.
  10. Addition of user to the System Administrator role: Type in SP_ADDSRVROLEMEMBER name,’ SYSADMIN’ where “name” is indicating the account name, hit Enter>type in GO>Enter.
  11. Again start SQL in regular mode: By typing in net stop MSSQLSERVER && net start MSSQLSERVER, you can cancel Single-User Mode and hit Enter.
    Note: You will see “The SQL Server service started successfully,” and then you can close Command Prompt.
  12. Open SSMS and then into the Start button type SQL server management studio. At the top of the Start window, hit on Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio 17.
  13. Press the “Authentication” drop-down box for the correct authentication., then in the menu select SQL Server Authentication.
  14. Sign in with the new user’s details: Hit the “Login” drop-down box, then press on the user’s name just created.
  15. Password Enter: into the “Password” text box near the bottom of the window, type the user’s password.
  16. Press the connect button. If you are allowed to use Windows Authentication for your account, then this will log you into your server’s dashboard.
  17. Extend the folder of the server: If the directory of your server on the upper-left side of the window has no multiple options below it, press the + icon on the left to extend it.
  18. Below the server name, there is a security folder available, expand it.
  19. Below the security folder, the “Login folder” is there expand it.
  20. Within the “Logins” group of options, double hit on the sa folder. System Administrator properties window will open next.
  21. A password field is there at the top of the window, enter a new password in “Password” and the “Confirm password” text fields.
  22. At the bottom of the window, click on OK. At last, the password will successfully be changed to a new one and then close the properties window.

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So, if you are facing some complications with the above mentioned manual measures, then you can go with an expert solution.

 

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Final Summary

We have explained all the manual tricks for “how to recover SQL database password” problem. And also, a direct approach that quickly recovers SQL password.

References:

1. https://www.sysinfotools.com/recovery/sql-server-password-recovery.php

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