Prior to SQL Server 2008, the BUILTIN\Administrators group was added as a SQL Server login with sysadmin privileges during installation by default. Best practices promote creating an Active Directory level group containing approved DBA staff accounts and using this controlled AD group as the login with sysadmin privileges. The AD group should be specified during SQL Server installation and the BUILTIN\Administrators group would therefore have no need to be a login.

The BUILTIN groups (Administrators, Everyone, Authenticated Users, Guests, etc.) generally contain very broad memberships which would not meet the best practice of ensuring only the necessary users have been granted access to a SQL Server instance. These groups should not be used for any level of access into a SQL Server Database Engine instance.

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This control is used in the following benchmarks:


To deliberately skip this control (e.g. meaning don’t use Puppet to enforce this setting), we provide you with three ways:

1) Add mssql_secured::controls::windows_builtin_groups_are_not_sql_logins: skip to your hiera data. This will skip this control for ALL databases.
2) Add mssql_secured::controls::windows_builtin_groups_are_not_sql_logins::dbname: skip to your hiera data. This will skip this control for specified database only.
3) Add an entry with the content windows_builtin_groups_are_not_sql_logins to the array value mssql_secured::skip_list in your hiera data.


Attribute Name Short Description
title The database to apply the control to.


The database to apply the control to.

All controls need an database to apply the control to. Here is a simple example:

mssql_secured::controls::control_name {'MSSQLSERVER':}

In this example, the string DB is the database to apply the control to.

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