How to: Stop SQL Server Agent (SQL Server Configuration Manager)

SQL Server Agent can be stopped and started from SQL Server Configuration Manager.


To ensure an orderly shutdown, you should pause Microsoft SQL Server and stop SQL Server Agent before stopping an instance of SQL Server. You can stop both by using either SQL Server Configuration Manager or SQL Server Management Studio.

To stop the SQL Server Agent service

  1. On the Start menu, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, point to Configuration Tools, and then click SQL Server Configuration Manager.

  2. In SQL Server Configuration Manager, expand Services, and then click SQL Server Agent.

  3. In the results pane, right-click any instance of SQL Server Agent, and then click Stop.

    A red box on the icon next to SQL Server Agent and on the toolbar indicates that SQL Server Agent stopped successfully.

  4. Click OK.