To grant user ability to run Bulk Insert T-SQL command, login/user needs to be granted:

  1. BULKADMIN server role - or - ADMINISTER BULK OPERATIONS server-level permission
  2. connect on target database
  3. insert on target table

But what is the difference between BULKADMIN server role and ADMINISTER BULK OPERATIONS server-level permission ?

  • exec sys.sp_srvrolepermission 'bulkadmin' implies that one potential difference might be the ability to add other bulkadmins – Martin Smith Apr 28 at 15:40

If we look at the SQL Server Permissions Poster (2017 edition):

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It appears as though ADMINISTER BULK OPERATIONS covers bulkadmin in addition to OPENROWSET which allows access to external sources.

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