I have executed the following:

USE [MyDatabase];
CREATE USER [MyDomain\MyAccount] FOR LOGIN [MyDomain\MyAccount];
GRANT EXECUTE   ON SCHEMA::[MySchema] TO [MyDomain\MyAccount];
GRANT SELECT    ON SCHEMA::[MySchema] TO [MyDomain\MyAccount];
GRANT INSERT    ON SCHEMA::[MySchema] TO [MyDomain\MyAccount];

(I am not granting any roles as I do not want this login to be able to access any other schema in this database.)

I run SSMS as MyDomain\MyAccount (run as a different user). I then try to connect to this instance. However, I am getting:

Cannot open user default database. Login failed. Login failed for user
'MyDomain\MyAccount'. (Microsoft SQL Server, Error: 4064)

I get the same result if I set the default database to MyDatabase in the Connection Properties.

I ran a Profiler trace and see an error 18456 state 38:

Login failed for user 'MyDomain\MyAccount'. Reason: Failed to open the explicitly specified database 'MyDatabase'. [CLIENT: MyIpAddress]

That is followed by an error 18456 state 40:

Login failed for user 'MyDomain\MyAccount'. Reason: Failed to open the database 'MyDatabase' specified in the login properties. [CLIENT: MyIpAddress]

MyDatabase is online and I have no trouble connecting to it with a different login. What additional permission do I need to grant to MyDomain\MyAccount? Is there something else that I am missing?

  • Have you verified the login is enabled? Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 18:50
  • @Steve: The login is enabled. Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 19:25

1 Answer 1


Off guess you are missing the connect permission. I'd always thought that was created with the user but there may be conditions where it isn't added.

Try running

USE [MyDatabase];
GRANT CONNECT TO [MyDomain\MyAccount];

You could also try changing the default schema of [MyDomain\MyAccount]


Lastly you can use my sp_dbpermissions and sp_srvpermissions to review the permissions for the user.

EXEC sp_srvpermissions 'MyDomain\MyAccount'; -- Return instance level permissions
EXEC sp_dbpermissions 'All','MyDomain\MyAccount'; -- Return DB level permissions for all databases
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    GRANT CONNECT TO [MyDomain\MyAccount]; solved it. Apparently that was not being automatically granted in this case. Thanks! Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 19:25
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    LOL...that was my next question. Amazingly, depending on the version and environnment - especially when scripting logins - the connect permission is almost always missing and the login is disabled. Nice work Mark Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 17:41

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