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How to: Stop SQL Server Agent (net Commands)

The SQL Server Agent service can be stopped using Microsoft Windows net commands.

To stop the default instance of SQL Server Agent

  • From a command prompt, enter one of the following commands:

    net stop "SQL Server Agent (MSSQLSERVER)"

    -or-

    net stop SQLSERVERAGENT

To stop 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 stop "SQL Server Agent (instancename)"

    -or-

    net stop SQLAgent$instancename

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