Author Stephen Bennett,
Availability Windows, Linux, macOS


Want to see the source code for this command? Check out Find-DbaUserObject on GitHub.
Want to see the Bill Of Health for this command? Check out Find-DbaUserObject.


Searches SQL Server to find user-owned objects (i.e. not dbo or sa) or for any object owned by a specific user specified by the Pattern parameter.


Looks at the below list of objects to see if they are either owned by a user or a specific user (using the parameter -Pattern)
Database Owner
Agent Job Owner
Used in Credential
USed in Proxy
SQL Agent Steps using a Proxy
Server Roles
Database Schemas
Database Roles
Database Assembles
Database Synonyms


    [-SqlInstance] <DbaInstanceParameter[]>
    [[-SqlCredential] <PSCredential>]
    [[-Pattern] <String>]




Example: 1
PS C:\> Find-DbaUserObject -SqlInstance DEV01 -Pattern ad\stephen

Searches user objects for owner ad\stephen

Example: 2
PS C:\> Find-DbaUserObject -SqlInstance DEV01 -Verbose

Shows all user owned (non-sa, non-dbo) objects and verbose output

Required Parameters


The target SQL Server instance or instances. This can be a collection and receive pipeline input

Required True
Pipeline true (ByValue)
Default Value

Optional Parameters


Login to the target instance using alternative credentials. Accepts PowerShell credentials (Get-Credential).
Windows Authentication, SQL Server Authentication, Active Directory - Password, and Active Directory - Integrated are all supported.
For MFA support, please use Connect-DbaInstance.

Required False
Pipeline false
Default Value

The regex pattern that the command will search for

Required False
Pipeline false
Default Value

By default, when something goes wrong we try to catch it, interpret it and give you a friendly warning message.
This avoids overwhelming you with "sea of red" exceptions, but is inconvenient because it basically disables advanced scripting.
Using this switch turns this "nice by default" feature off and enables you to catch exceptions with your own try/catch.

Required False
Pipeline false
Default Value False