EPDM – Resetting ‘sa’ password

Article by Joe Medeiros, CSWE updated May 25, 2013


If the ‘sa’ password for your vault is forgotten or lost, the password can be reset in Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio.

Start Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio form Windows Start>All Programs

launch Mangement studio


Log into the SQL server using Windows authentication

log into Mangement studio


Right click on your server, in the Object Explorer window and select Properties.

server properties


Select the Security tab, of the Service Properties dialogue box, and check that server authentication is set to SQL Server and Windows Authentication mode. If is not, select this option and restart the SQL service or server.

security properties


Back in the Object Explorer window, expand Security> Logins and then right click on the ‘sa’

account and select Properties.

sa properties


In the General tab of the Login Properties dialogue box enter and confirm the new password.

sa password



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Joe Medeiros, CSWE

Joe Medeiros is a SOLIDWORKS and PDM Certified Expert. He has been helping SOLIDWORKS users with training, mentoring and implementations since 1998. He combines industry experience with a thorough understanding of SOLIDWORKS products to assist customers in being successful. He shares his experience and expertise through blogs; one of which has been incorporated into the SOLIDWORKS Essentials training manual.