Had some issues with jobs not working. To verify it was a security issue, changed the SQL Agent to run under DOMAIN\Administrator. Answered my question about the security issue.

Went to change the agent account back to .\SQLAdmin. I used the same password as for the local sa account. Doesn't work. I thought sa and .\SQLAdmin were linked.

Are they the same account or is .\SQLAdmin a completely separate account on the local machine?


sa and .\SQLAdmin were linked.

No they are not linked.

sa - is sysadmin which is a special high privileged SQL login and is disabled by default.

.\SQLAdmin - this means that you want to log in to your local machine having database engine installed. . means local machine and \SQLAdmin is the instance.

  • Is the password for SQLAdmin set by the system when SQL Server is installed? We have no record of what it is. I can reset it and then reset all the various services' passwords but that seems like a pain in the behind. – Mark Jackson Jun 16 '16 at 16:24
  • SQLAdmin is just the account you might be using to signify - SQL Server Admin user. Its something specific to your environment. You can ask around or just reset it and fix broken things :-) – Kin Shah Jun 16 '16 at 16:27
  • Okay. Thx very much. – Mark Jackson Jun 16 '16 at 16:33
  • @MarkJackson glad that it helped. Please mark as answer/upvote so it does not flag as unanswered :-) – Kin Shah Jun 16 '16 at 16:42
  • Service users get random accounts when they get created, you can just set a new one and specify it in the service manager as well. – eckes Mar 26 at 4:33

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