There are times when you need to gain access to SQL Server in an emergency. It doesn't happen very often, but it does happen. Actually, part of the problem is that it happens so rarely! We all get to grips with the various back-door commands required of us DBAs when we're training or taking a certification course. But after six months, even two or more years, it all gets a bit rusty.
Therefore, I decided to put together an emergency cheat-sheet. All of these processes are very well documented around the web. My purpose here is purely to list the necessary steps to get access to your server quickly. So I won't be explaining how things work. I will list different options of getting the various steps done.