I came across a linked server that is pointing to production from test environment with full access. Is there a way to find out who and when this linked server was created? Based on last modified date, I came to know this was created long back so but with least hope I took a look into default trace - as expected there is no luck.

My test server version is 2008R2.

  • It is difficult to trace unless there is some kind of audit is configured.
    Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 5:28
  • You should remove it ASAP. A person with sysadmin rights would have done it.
    – Shanky
    Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 7:06
  • Shanky - Thanks for the advise, will remove it soon. Creating a linked server is a pro or con? Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 7:07
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    What is Pro or Con ?
    – Shanky
    Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 8:09
  • Is "pro or con" a shortening for "good or bad"?
    – Andriy M
    Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 13:25

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The sys.servers data dictionary view will give you the date that the Linked Server entry was modified/created (modify_date column), but not who created it.

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