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How to Create Folder from SQL Server sys.xp_create_subdir Extended Stored Procedure

In this SQL Server tutorial for SQL developers, I'll show T-SQL codes to create folder using SQL Server sys.xp_create_subdir extended stored procedure.
Here is the first sql xp_create_subdir example for SQL Server professionals.

EXEC master.sys.xp_create_subdir 'C:\SQLDatabases\Test\'

In order to create file system directory successfully, access permissions for the SQL user must be granted correctly.
For example, in my SQL Server development environment, I have configured required permission for the "C:\SQLDatabases\" folder.
On the other hand when I set the xp_create_subdir argument as "C:\TestFolder\" for example,

Msg 22048, Level 16, State 1, Line 0
xp_create_subdir() returned error 5, 'Access is denied.'




In order to resolve Access is denied error related with xp_create_subdir usage, you should grant Write permission to SQLServerMSSQLUser (SQLServerMSSQLUser$SQLServerInstance) user. You can use the Windows Explorer and grant required permission on the root folder where you want to create file folders using xp_create_subdir.

folder permissions select MSSQLServer user

Giving Write permission is enough to create folder using sys.xp_create_subdir extended stored procedure.

security permissions for MSSQLServer user






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