After running the logins-report script (below) before an external audit, I wanted to ‘lock’ or ‘disable’ unused accounts for a month – just to confirm that they really were unused before deleting them 🙂

Unfortunatly SQL 2000 doesn’t have a facility to lock/disable sql accounts, so I changed the passwords to a known value. This looses the original p/w forever, but gives us more options than mearly deleting the accounts.

option-a inform the user of the new password.
option-b create a new account with the configuration of the ‘old’ account.

Windows logins (on the other hand) ARE lockable in SQL 2000. You use

exec sp_denylogin ‘domainuser’

and

exec sp_grantlogin ‘domainuser’

to unlock it (if required).

BTW: You need to use SQL 2000 Enterprise Manager to see locked Windows accounts, not SQL 2005/8 Management Studio.

UPDATE: watch-out for the situation where you disable a users individual account (as above), then make him a member of a group for access. Remember ‘Deny’ overrules ‘grant’.

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