SQL Server 2019 on Docker no longer runs as root by default

In my home lab I have an Ubuntu virtual machine that runs both SQL Server 2017 and SQL Server 2019 in Docker containers.

After SQL Server 2019 Release Candidate 1 was released, when I performed my usual migration to get the latest version, I noticed that the command line for the SQL Server instance was different.

I used sudo docker ps -a --no-trunc to see the full command, which is emulated below (note: this output is heavily abbreviated).

For reference, SQL Server 2017 on Docker ran as the root user (similar to Local Administrator on Windows Server). With SQL Server 2019, it no longer runs as root by default, but if you have performed an upgrade to 2019, your data files may have been created as the root user, so SQL Server has to run elevated to start correctly; this is performed by a script called permission_check.sh.

My friend Anthony Nocentino [ blog | Twitter ] reminded me of the command to view the full logs when a container starts up.

sudo docker logs SQL150 | head

Note how it says this container is running as root because the underlying master database file is owned by root.

That “learn more” link will redirect us to https://docs.microsoft.com/sql/linux/quickstart-install-connect-docker.

You can view the contents of the permission_check.sh file below, or share your thoughts in the comments.

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