How to Create Logins for Orphaned Database Users in SQL Server

There are cases where you might need to restore an entire SQL Server database (i.e. in the case of loss of data, etc.) on another SQL Server instance. A set of objects that are restored from the backup set and are included in the restored database are the database users. However, in such cases, the SQL Server logins are not restored, since they are server-level objects. This article explains how to create logins for orphaned database users in SQL Server.

In this case, you can use the following stored procedure for fixing such issues: sp_change_users_login


Syntax example for creating a login for an oprhaned database user in SQL Server

USE AdventureWorks
EXEC sp_change_users_login 'Auto_Fix', 'UserName', NULL, 'Password';

The above example will create a new SQL Server Login for the given user name and use as a password the given password string.

You can also assign existing logins to orphaned users, again by using the sp_change_users_login stored procedure.


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