xp_cmdshell Server configuration option
Applies to: SQL Server (all supported versions)
This article describes how to enable the xp_cmdshell SQL Server configuration option. This option allows system administrators to control whether the xp_cmdshell extended stored procedure can be executed on a system. By default, the xp_cmdshell option is disabled on new installations.
Before enabling this option, it's important to consider the potential security implications.
- Newly developed code shouldn't use the xp_cmdshell stored procedure and generally it should be left disabled.
- Some legacy applications require xp_cmdshell to be enabled. If they can't be modified to avoid the use of this stored procedure, you can enable it as described below.
If xp_cmdshell must be used, as a security best practice it is recommended to only enable it for the duration of the actual task that requires it.
If you need to enable xp_cmdshell, you can use Policy-Based Management or run the sp_configure system stored procedure as shown in the following code example:
-- To allow advanced options to be changed. EXECUTE sp_configure 'show advanced options', 1; GO -- To update the currently configured value for advanced options. RECONFIGURE; GO -- To enable the feature. EXECUTE sp_configure 'xp_cmdshell', 1; GO -- To update the currently configured value for this feature. RECONFIGURE; GO