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I have changed my SQL Server services to use domain service account. The server still has NT Service\MSSQL$INSTANCENAME and NT Service\SQLAgent$INSTANCENAME listed under Security\Logins. They each have the sysadmin role granted to them. Since they are not used by the services, can I safely remove them from the Logins on the server? I have search a bit online but haven't found a good answer to this question. I just want to make sure these accounts aren't used for anything else.

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  • Why don't you just remove them from the sysadmin role? Also it can be a double-edged sword because you may need certain service accounts to regain access to your server if you lose the SA password or the domain account gets removed. Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 16:21
  • Removing them from the 'sysadmin' role would be acceptable. I just want to make sure that there's nothing I'm missing outside of that. You make a good point for leaving the accounts there. Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 20:24

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