is it possible to track who removed the sysadmin role to particular user?

hi I am using SQL SERVER 2005,We have 5 sysadmin role users are working in MY organization include me.

I have a userid login credentials sysadmin role privileges in SQL Server.

But My problem is every week some one removed the Sysadmin privileges from My userid login. then I asked my management to get back the sysadmin privileges in my login.

Repeatedly, Every Week I faced this problem someone removed MY Sysadmin privileges in

SQL Server and I asked for management to get back.


1) Is it possible for Track or See which user is removed sysadmin privileges on My login????

2)what user and what type of privileges he removed corresponding to that user?

see the figure for Before and After:


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asked Dec 11, 2012 at 12:52 PM in Default

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if any one help me i will give vote 5

Dec 12, 2012 at 08:27 AM askmlx121
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2 answers: sort voted first

You can use the server's default trace to try to pinpoint who is removing the access. This is a security event that should be captured, assuming that the default trace hasn't been modified.


Hope this helps!

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answered Dec 11, 2012 at 02:49 PM

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If you had some sort of custom auditing then yes, but if not the default trace would be the only way.

The default trace only stores a number of the latest actions taken, so if the server is very busy you will need to be quick to find anything out.

Dec 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM anthony.green

Hi John Morehouse & anthony

Thanking you for your answer of my question no 1

it Answered my question half.

But i want answer of question no 2.

Because it gives the username login for who removed the privileges only but i want

which user login he removed the privileges and what privileges that user removed details.?

kindly see the figure. it gives the who removed the user name only and it shows

objectname as null and textdata as null.

Is any other method to Trace for what type privilege that user removed? which user login

he removed?

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is any one there to help me?????????????

Dec 13, 2012 at 09:39 AM askmlx121

Look for the RoleName & TargetLoginName columns in that return. It should show which role was applied (or removed) and which target login it was applied against.

Dec 13, 2012 at 01:34 PM JohnM

The actions recorded in the default trace are not deleted. It roles over to a new file after it reaches a certain file size. If you don't find it as soon as it happens you will have to go through the previous files individually which can be very time consuming.

Dec 13, 2012 at 01:42 PM Shawn_Melton

I just realized that I gave a link for 2008 when the OP is on 2005. You can still read the roll over files in 2005 by specifying the number of files.


My apologies for any confusion. My fault.

Dec 13, 2012 at 02:13 PM JohnM
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Thanks for everyone below two query has used to Track who has done ? what has done?

thanks for every one.................especially JohnM.

SELECT * FROM ::fn_trace_getinfo(default)

kindly run the first query to get the C:/programmefile/...trc files and paste to second query and run the second query then u can get the details if u know which time it happens..... i think it may help .......check it

SELECT top 15

  e.name as EventName,

FROM ::fn_trace_gettable('C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL \LOG\log_4192.trc',0)

  INNER JOIN sys.trace_events e
       ON eventclass = trace_event_id
  INNER JOIN sys.trace_categories AS cat

ON e.category_id = cat.category_id

where e.name='Audit Add Login to Server Role Event'

order by starttime desc

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answered Dec 14, 2012 at 08:05 AM

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Glad it worked out for you! Please make sure to mark one of the answers as accepted so that others know you found an answer. This will also help future users who might have the same question.

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