Recovering System Administrator Privileges

By Tim Foley on Aug 26

Recently I ran into an issue where I had a SQL Server instance that needed to have a database restored on it. A pretty simple task, right? Well, it turns out that I did not have rights on the system to do the restore. My client did not have a system administrator password and did not have a user which we could use to grant us the necessary access. But, I did have local system administrator privileges on the server. As long as we have local admin rights on the server we can get the necessary privileges from SQL Server.

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