I am troubleshooting a slow MS SQL server setup currently, and on entering into the properties of one of the databases (in SQL Server Management Studio -. Database -> Properties -> Files) I notice that the database "Owner" is set to a domain admin account that is currently disabled.

Is this likely to cause any problems?

Is there any reason I should or shouldn't change it to something else?

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  • From what I see, it shouldn't cause any problems. So, I would say you are safe for now. – Net Runner Nov 21 '17 at 19:17
  • What is a "slow MS SQL server setup"? is slow on queries, slow on starting the service, slow on accepting new connections? – Mr Zach Nov 22 '17 at 23:41

The disabled user shouldn't cause issues but if it's removed from AD sp_helpdb will start throwing an error. Changing the owner takes some testing to make sure you don't break any applications or processes using the database.


You can change the owner to SA by executing the following command:

exec databasename.dbo.sp_changedbowner 'sa'

  • Thanks Jason, but I wasnt asking how to change it, I was asking IF changing it is advisable. – Digital Lightcraft Nov 22 '17 at 9:32

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