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I'm trying to execute this script from Management Studio:

GRANT ALTER ON ROLE::[AdaptTemplate] TO [AdaptAdmin] AS [AdminSapr]

Execution fails with this message:

Msg 15151, Level 16, State 1, Line 1 Cannot find the role 'AdaptTemplate', because it does not exist or you do not have permission.

There are existing roles AdaptTemplate, AdaptAdmin and user AdminSapr in database. User AdminSapr is a member of db_owner. My current login (which I'm trying to execute script from) is a member of sysadmin server role.

What am I doing wrong?

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Aren't there any limitations in effect on your current role (as compared to the 'real' sysadmin)? – dezso Dec 7 '12 at 10:08
@dezso: no, there are no any limitations. Looks like AdminSapr hasn't sufficient rights to grant alter role. – Dennis Dec 7 '12 at 10:26
Are you SURE you in the right database context? Do a select against the principals catalog view just to verify. – Thomas Stringer Dec 7 '12 at 12:36
@ThomasStringer: yes, I'm sure. If I modify script a little to GRANT ALTER ON ROLE::[AdaptTemplate] TO [AdaptAdmin] (so, instead of AdminSapr I'm using security context of my current login), then it being executed successfully. – Dennis Dec 7 '12 at 12:50
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This is happening because the principal in the AS clause needs to have the permission with the "GRANT OPTION". Running this will allow you to run your original code:


My reading of Books Online made me think that what you're doing is right since AdminSapr is in the db_owner role but in testing I had to do something like the above to get this to work.

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