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I need to run the SharePoint Content Deployment Wizard (2.8) on SP 2010. It tries to read the database "WSS_Content" using my login account but keeps blowing up with this error when it tries to do the Binding to site - please wait:

 Cannot open database "WSS_Content" requested by the login. The login failed.
 Login failed for user 'MYDOMAIN\mylogin_id'.

I'm admin on the box but not sure if I need to add myself to other groups on the box as well. Your help is much appreciated. Thanks.

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You probably don't have proper permissions on the SQL side. Add your login as the SQL administrator or grant the permission directly on the databsae WSS_Content, for example db_owner role.

UPDATE: This should help You: Link but You should select "Windows authentication" and YOu should search for Your login name MYDOMAIN\mylogin_id

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Thanks, zavaz. I think you're right; this article also talks about the same thing:… Now I need to contact our DBAs and ask them to fix this. – Alex C Aug 30 '11 at 8:31
If this is a standalone installation (not a farm), where SharePoint created the database itself and we've never logged into it directly ourselves, will we be able to connect and add/remove users? Or do we need a farm installation to have that level of control on the database? Thanks. – Alex C Aug 30 '11 at 8:36
I think You can instal SQL Management Studio Express and connect to the database using account under which SharePoint was installed. – zavaz Aug 30 '11 at 8:47
Thanks, zavaz. How do you find out which account SharePoint was installed under? On Central Admin > Default Database Server, it's blank for the Database Username and Password, meaning it's using Windows authentication instead. – Alex C Aug 30 '11 at 10:13
That's correct. The best way is to log in to windows as the user ude who YOu instaleld SharePont and then rum SQL management studio to connect to the DB – zavaz Aug 30 '11 at 10:51

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