How to: Start SQL Server Agent (net Commands)
The SQL Server Agent service can be started by using Microsoft Windows net commands.
To start the default instance of SQL Server Agent
From a command prompt, enter one of the following commands:
net start "SQL Server Agent (MSSQLSERVER)"
net start SQLSERVERAGENT
To start a named instance of SQL Server Agent
From a command prompt, enter one of the following commands. Replace <instancename> with the name of the instance you want to manage.
net start "SQL Server Agent(instancename)"
net start SQLAgent$ <instancename>
For information about running SQL Server Agent in verbose mode for troubleshooting, see sqlagent90 Application.