sp_defaultdb (Transact-SQL)
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sp_defaultdb (Transact-SQL)


Applies To: SQL Server 2014, SQL Server 2016 Preview

Changes the default database 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).

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions

sp_defaultdb [ @loginame = ] 'login', [ @defdb = ] 'database' 

[ @loginame=] 'login'

Is the login name. login is sysname, with no default. login can be an existing SQL Server login or a Windows user or group. If a login for the Windows user or group does not exist in SQL Server, it is automatically added.

[ @defdb=] 'database'

Is the name of the new default database. database is sysname, with no default. database must already exist.

0 (success) or 1 (failure)

sp_defaultdb calls ALTER LOGIN. This statement supports additional options. For information about changing default database, see ALTER LOGIN (Transact-SQL).

sp_defaultdb cannot be executed within a user-defined transaction.

Requires ALTER ANY LOGIN permission.

The following example sets AdventureWorks2012 as the default database for SQL Server login Victoria.

EXEC sp_defaultdb 'Victoria', 'AdventureWorks2012';

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