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Change MSSQL2005 Password from Command Prompt

October 17th, 2008 by admin in News, Password Info, windows

SA is the administrative login for the MSSQL. To Change the MSSQL SA password please use following steps:

Step 1. Go to the command prompt of the server ( Start >> Run >> Cmd ) and type in command

osql –L


This command will list all the MSSQL servers near you.

Step 2. Copy full name of required MSSQL server and type

osql -S copied_servername –E


By this command you’ll connect to MSSQL server using Server administrator account (Windows Authentication).

Step 3. To change sa password you should execute the following query:

1> sp_password NULL,’new_password’,’sa’
2> go


Here the new_password will be the password which you want to set.

Now try to login to MSSQL using new password.

Another quick way:

OSQL -S MyServer -E -Q "EXEC sp_defaultdb 'sa', 'master'"
OSQL -S MyServer -E -Q "EXEC sp_password NULL, 'NewPassword', 'sa'"

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