Wednesday, April 29, 2009

More fun with the February 2009 SQL Security Patch

On one of our clustered instances, we had to leave the services running for the February 2009 SQL Security Patch install to initiate successfully. We did not investigate the root cause since it was in the middle of a very busy period of work & we unfortunately didn't have the time. After applying the patch, we started getting complaints from users that their application was unable to login to the DB. Looking at the SQL error logs we saw the following errors...

Login failed for user 'Fake_User'. The user is not associated with a trusted SQL Server connection. [CLIENT:]
Error: 18452, Severity: 14, State: 1.

The login in question is a SQL login not Windows so this made no sense to us, on parsing the SQL error logs we noticed this (the instance had been running in MIXED mode)...

Authentication mode is WINDOWS-ONLY.

We changed the instance back to MIXED (SQL Server and Windows Authentication) mode & that resolved the issue. Thought I'd share this since it made for an interesting few minutes.

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