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xp_cmdshell whoami – Determine which Windows Account is used

03 October,2014 by Tom Collins

Question: I’m experiencing an execute error when running a script through xp_cmdshell? I think the issue is related to my Windows permissions on the OS. How can I view the Windows account used when I execute xp_cmdshell?

Answer: This is a common problem. When executing xp_cmdshell through SQL Server – the security context is the SQL Server start up account.

Use  the command "xp_cmdsell whoami" to view the account used.

Note: Treat xp_cmdshell with caution . Read Xp_cmdshell – the most dangerous extended stored procedure on the planet

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