How Do I Enable SQL Server Agent Service?

by | Oct 27, 2016 | How-To, Tips | 7 comments

Last updated on August 1st, 2022 at 03:21 pm

The SQL Server Agent service is used by SQL Server to execute scheduled tasks. It is typically used for items such as backing up the SQL Server database or other maintenance tasks, and is a much have for Ola Hallengren’s SQL Server Maintenance Solution. By default, this service is not enabled when you install SQL Server. This blog post will show you how to enable this service.

Enabling SQL Server Agent service

As with any SQL services, you should NOT enable or change them to use the Services Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in; instead, you should use the SQL Server Configuration Manager tool.

To start this process on your SQL Server, launch SQL Server Configuration Manager.

SQL Server Configuration Manager Service console

Right-click the SQL Server Agent service and click Properties.

SQL Server Agent Properties

On the Properties Window, select an appropriate account. I will use the Local System account for my example. Then click on the Service tab.

Defining the SQL Server Agent Log On account 

Change the Start Mode to Automatic , Now select the Service tab.

How to Enable SQL Server Agent Service-Start Mode

Select the Start Mode drop down menu and select Automatic. Finally click OK to save the settings. With that last step completed, the SQL Server Agent service is ready to be used.

How to Enable SQL Server Agent Service-Running 

Back in the SQL Server Configuration Manger Windows right click the service and start it. (step not shown)

You can see from the screenshot that that the service is now running and has an startup mode or Automatic!

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