Applies To: SQL Server 2014, SQL Server 2016 Preview
Adds or changes a password for a Microsoft SQL Server login.
This feature will be removed in a future version of Microsoft SQL Server. Avoid using this feature in new development work, and plan to modify applications that currently use this feature. Use ALTER LOGIN instead.
Applies to: SQL Server (SQL Server 2008 through current version).
- [ @old = ] 'old_password'
Is the old password. old_password is sysname, with a default of NULL.
- [ @new = ] 'new_password'
Is the new password. new_password is sysname, with no default. old_password must be specified if named parameters are not used.
Do not use a NULL password. Use a strong password. For more information, see Strong Passwords.
- [ @loginame = ] 'login'
Is the name of the login affected by the password change. login is sysname, with a default of NULL. login must already exist and can be specified only by members of the sysadmin or securityadmin fixed server roles.
0 (success) or 1 (failure)
sp_password calls ALTER LOGIN. This statement supports additional options. For information on changing passwords, see ALTER LOGIN (Transact-SQL).
sp_password cannot be executed within a user-defined transaction.
Requires ALTER ANY LOGIN permission. Also requires CONTROL SERVER permission to reset a password without supplying the old password, or if the login that is being changed has CONTROL SERVER permission.
A principal can change its own password.
The following example shows how to use ALTER LOGIN to change the password for the login Victoria to B3r1000d#2-36. This is the preferred method. The user that is executing this command must have CONTROL SERVER permission.
ALTER LOGIN Victoria WITH PASSWORD = 'B3r1000d#2-36'; GO
The following example shows how to use ALTER LOGIN to change the password for the login Victoria from B3r1000d#2-36 to V1cteAmanti55imE. This is the preferred method. User Victoria can execute this command without additional permissions. Other users require ALTER ANY LOGIN permission.
ALTER LOGIN Victoria WITH PASSWORD = 'V1cteAmanti55imE' OLD_PASSWORD = 'B3r1000d#2-36'; GO