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Tip: Configure SQL Server Agent to Restart Services Automatically

You can configure SQL Server Agent to restart the SQL Server and SQL Server Agent services automatically if they stop unexpectedly. Configuring automatic restart of these services is a good idea because it might keep you from getting paged if the server stops for some reason at 3:00 in the morning.

To configure automatic service restart:
  • Open the SQL Server Management Studio Management folder, right-click the SQL Server Agent entry, and select Properties.
  • On the General page, select the Auto Restart SQL Server If It Stops Unexpectedly check box.
  • Here, you should also select the Auto Restart SQL Server Agent If It Stops Unexpectedly check box.
  • Click OK.
It’s a simple configuration that can ensure greater uptime.

From the Microsoft Press book Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, Second Edition by William R. Stanek.

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