sp_srvrolepermission (Transact-SQL)

Applies to: SQL Server

Displays the permissions of a fixed server role.


This feature will be removed in a future version of SQL Server. Avoid using this feature in new development work, and plan to modify applications that currently use this feature.

Transact-SQL syntax conventions


sp_srvrolepermission [ [ @srvrolename = ] N'srvrolename' ]
[ ; ]


[ @srvrolename = ] N'srvrolename'

The name of the fixed server role for which permissions are returned. @srvrolename is sysname, with a default of NULL. If no role is specified, the permissions for all fixed server roles are returned. @srvrolename can have one of the following values.

Value Description
sysadmin System administrators
securityadmin Security administrators
serveradmin Server administrators
setupadmin Setup administrators
processadmin Process administrators
diskadmin Disk administrators
dbcreator Database creators
bulkadmin Can execute BULK INSERT statements

Return code values

0 (success) or 1 (failure).

Result set

Column name Data type Description
ServerRole sysname Name of a fixed server role
Permission sysname Permission associated with ServerRole


The permissions listed include the Transact-SQL statements that can be executed, and other special activities that can be performed by members of the fixed server role. To display a list of the fixed server roles, execute sp_helpsrvrole.

The sysadmin fixed server role has the permissions of all the other fixed server roles.


Requires membership in the public role.


The following query returns the permissions associated with the sysadmin fixed server role.

EXEC sp_srvrolepermission 'sysadmin';