Managing the Database Engine Services

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 runs on the Microsoft Windows 2000 or Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating systems as a service. A service is a type of application that runs in the system background. Services usually provide core operating system features, such as Web serving, event logging, or file serving. Services can run without showing a user interface on the computer desktop. The SQL Server Database Engine, SQL Server Agent, and several other SQL Server components run as services. These services typically are started when the operating system starts. This depends on what is specified during setup; some services are not started by default. This section describes the management of the various SQL Server services. Before you log in to an instance of SQL Server, you need to know how to start, stop, pause, resume, and restart an instance of SQL Server. After you are logged in, you can perform tasks such as administering the server or querying a database.

Using the SQL Server Service

When you start an instance of SQL Server Database Engine, you are starting the SQL Server service. After you start the SQL Server service, users can establish new connections to the server. The SQL Server service can be started and stopped as a service, either locally or remotely. The SQL Server service is referred to as SQL Server (MSSQLSERVER) if it is the default instance, or MSSQL$*<instancename>*if it is a named instance.

Using SQL Server Configuration Manager

SQL Server Configuration Manager combines the functionality of the following SQL Server 2000 tools: Server Network Utility, Client Network Utility, and Service Manager. SQL Server Configuration Manager allows you to stop, start, or pause various SQL Server 2005 services.


SQL Server Configuration Manager can only manage SQL Server 2005 services.

You can also use SQL Server Configuration Manager to view the properties of the selected service. SQL Server Configuration Manager is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in. For more information on MMC and how a snap-in works, see Windows Help.

To access SQL Server Configuration Manager

  • On the Start menu, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft SQL Server 2005, point to Configuration Tools, and then click SQL Server Configuration Manager.

See Also


Configuring SQL Server Agent

Other Resources

Managing Services How-to Topics

Help and Information

Getting SQL Server 2005 Assistance