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  • Blog Post: Disaster Recovery: What to do when the SA account password is lost in SQL Server 2005

    You may have faced the issue of losing the SQL Server SA password. Perhaps you followed the security best-practice of removing the builtin\Administrators from the sysadmin server role, and no one you can find is in the sysadmin role. At this point you may think that your only options are to reinstall...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic SQL and digital signatures in SQL Server 2005

    As I already mentioned, dynamic SQL is a quite powerful, but also quite dangerous. In SQL Server 2005 we introduced a new feature that is also quite powerful and when used properly can be quite useful; but it is important to learn and understand any such feature in order to use it properly. In this small...
  • Blog Post: Quick guide to DB users without logins in SQL Server 2005

    SQL Server 2005 introduced a new SQL DB principal subtype that can be quite useful: a SQL user that is not mapped to any login. You may be asking yourself “Why is this feature interesting? after all SQL Server already had the ability to create SQL users”, well, to answer this question I would like to...
  • Blog Post: Link to Laurentiu's blog

    I am including a link to Laurentiu Cristofor's blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/lcris . Laurentiu is one of the most valuable contributors in the SQL Security forums, and his articles and demos are great resources for anyone interested in SQL Server security I would also like to add a link for a blog...
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