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How Can I Verify the MSDE System Administrator Password is blank (null) using OSQL?

How Can I Verify the MSDE System Administrator Password is blank (null) using OSQL?

1. On the computer that is hosting the instance of MSDE to which you are connecting, open a command prompt window.

2. At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

osql -U sa

This connects you to the local, default instance of MSDE by using the sa account.

To connect to a named instance installed on your computer type:

osql -U sa -S Machine1

Whereby Machine1 is the name of the machine that hosts the MSDE database.

You are now at the following prompt:


3. Press ENTER again. This will pass a NULL (blank) password for sa.

If you are now at the following prompt, after you press ENTER, then the password for the sa account is indeed blank:


However, if you receive the following error message, you have entered an incorrect password. This error message indicates that a password has been created for the sa account:

"Login Failed for user "sa"."

The following error message indicates that the computer that is running SQL Server is set to Windows Authentication only:

Login failed for user "sa". 
Reason: Not associated with a trusted SQL Server connection

Microsoft recommends that you create a non-NULL, strong password to conform to security practices. We also recommend this policy. If you have a blank password you will not be able to setup an active repository in SilkPerformer Repository Manager.


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