Password change without old password in SQL Server 7

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SQL Server 7 does not allow users with a Security Admin role to update passwords without knowing the old password. You can create a copy of sp_password so that the user does not have to have System Admin privileges.

Replace this code:

 IF (not is_srvrolemember('sysadmin') = 1)
        AND not @self = 1

with this:

 IF (not is_srvrolemember('sysadmin') = 1)
        AND (not is_srvrolemember('securityadmin') = 1)
        AND not @self = 1

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This was first published in May 2005

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