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How to Use SQL Server Configuration Manager

How to Use SQL Server Configuration Manager to Manage SQL Server Services, Configure Network Protocols, and Network Connectivity Configuration

SQL Server Configuration Manager” is a tool that can be used to manage all the SQL Server Services; it can also be used to configure network protocols that can be used by an SQL Server Instance. Moreover, using this tool you can even manage the client network configurations.

SQL Server Configuration Manager Tool was initial introduced in SQL Server 2005. This tool can be opened by typing SQLSERVERMANAGER.msc in the run command on a server where SQL Server 2005 is installed. To open SQL Server 2008 Configuration Manager you need to type SQLSERVERMANAGER10.msc in the run command.  

This article will address a few of the common questions which come to your mind about SQL Server Configuration Manager.

  • How to find Configuration Manager in SQL Server?
  • How to manage the SQL Server services?
  • How to use SQL Server Configuration Manager?
  • What is SQL Server Configuration Manager (MMC)?
  • Where can I find SQL Server Configuration Manager?
  • Where is SQL Server Configuration Manager?

When to Use SQL Server Configuration Manager?

  • Manage the services associated with SQL Server
  • Configure the network protocols used by SQL Server
  • Manage the network connectivity configuration from SQL Server client computers

Is SQL Server Configuration Manager Missing?

Simple Answer is No! SQL Server Configuration Manager is available on your server. Check the below mentioned path to open SQL Server Configuration Manager relevant to your SQL Server Version.

The paths to the last four versions when Windows in installed on the C drive.

SQL Server 2017 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\SQLServerManager14.msc
SQL Server 2016 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\SQLServerManager13.msc
SQL Server 2014 (12.x) C:\Windows\SysWOW64\SQLServerManager12.msc
SQL Server 2012 (11.x) C:\Windows\SysWOW64\SQLServerManager11.msc

How to Open SQL Server Configuration Manager
Location of SQLServerManagerXX.msc on Windows

This article is divided into four parts for easier understanding of the different uses of SQL Server Configuration Manager.

Managing SQL Server Services

Using SQL Server Configuration Manager you can Start, Stop, Pause or Resume SQL Server Services such as SQL Server Integration Services, SQL Server Full Text Search Service, SQL Server Analysis Services, SQL Server Reporting Services, SQL Server Database Engine Services, SQL Server Agent Service, SQL Server Browser Services etc.

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Ashish Mehta

Ashish Kumar Mehta is a database manager, trainer and technical author. He has more than a decade of IT experience in database administration, performance tuning, database development and technical training on Microsoft SQL Server from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2014. Ashish has authored more than 325 technical articles on SQL Server across leading SQL Server technology portals. Over the last few years, he has also developed and delivered many successful projects in database infrastructure; data warehouse and business intelligence; database migration; and upgrade projects for companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Cognizant and Centrica PLC, UK. He holds an engineering degree in computer science and industry standard certifications from Microsoft including MCITP Database Administrator 2005/2008, MCDBA SQL Server 2000 and MCTS .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications.

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