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Autostart SQL Server Agent (SQL Server Management Studio)

This topic describes how to configure Microsoft SQL Server Agent to automatically restart if it should stop unexpectedly in SQL Server 2012.

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Limitations and Restrictions

Object Explorer only displays the SQL Server Agent node if you have permission to use it.

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Permissions

To perform its functions, SQL Server Agent must be configured to use the credentials of an account that is a member of the sysadmin fixed server role in SQL Server. The account must have the following Windows permissions:

  • Log on as a service (SeServiceLogonRight)

  • Replace a process-level token (SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege)

  • Bypass traverse checking (SeChangeNotifyPrivilege)

  • Adjust memory quotas for a process (SeIncreaseQuotaPrivilege)

For more information about the Windows permissions required for the SQL Server Agent service account, see Select an Account for the SQL Server Agent Service and Configure Windows Service Accounts and Permissions.

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To configure SQL Server Agent to automatically restart

  1. In Object Explorer, click the plus sign to expand the server where you want to configure SQL Server Agent to automatically restart.

  2. Right-click SQL Server Agent, and then click Properties.

  3. On the General page, check Auto restart SQL Server Agent if it stops unexpectedly.

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