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I have created a database in SQL Server 2008 and it shows in server object explorer to all users that can login to SQL.

I want to hide it from those users, I want it to be viewable by me only.

How can I do that? Any help, suggestions?

Many thanks

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As far as I know, you cannot do this in SQL Server Management Studio. Everyone sees all databases - whether they can use anything inside them or not. –  marc_s Mar 10 '11 at 14:21
Just because they can see it, it doesn't mean they can access it. If you need to hide the existence of a database from other users, use a separate server (or instance) –  Damien_The_Unbeliever Mar 10 '11 at 14:23
possible duplicate of Setup a SQL Server database that's only visible to certain users –  p.campbell Mar 10 '11 at 14:35

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Try this: In SQL Server Management Studio, right click the server and click "Properties". Click on "Permissions" and then select the "Public" role and remove "Grant" from "View Any Database".

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+1 neato ! Great tip, thanks! –  marc_s Mar 10 '11 at 14:29

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