Give access to a non sysadmin user to run Profiler | SansSQL

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Give access to a non sysadmin user to run Profiler

Sometimes as a DBA, you come across a situation where you need to give access to a non sysadmin user to run profiler on a particular SQL server.
If you try to run the profiler using the user who does not have sysadmin access then you will get the below error.

Here is the solution how to grant access to a non sysadmin user to run profiler.
Using Query: 
-- To Grant access to a Windows Login
USE master;
GRANT ALTER TRACE TO [Domain\WindowsLogin]

-- To Grant access to a SQL Login
USE master;
GRANT ALTER TRACE TO [SQL User]

Using SSMS:

  1. Expand the Server in object Explorer
  2. Expand "Security" folder and then "logins"
  3. Right-Click on the login to which you need to give access and then go to "Properties" of that login
  4. Go to "Securables" Tab
  5. Select the server you want to add the permission
  6. In the "Permission for <Server Name>" block, click on "Grant" check box for "Alter Trace" and click "OK"
  7. Once this is completed, the permission should appear in the "Effective" Tab

Note: The Granter should be a sysadmin user.  

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