SCM Services - Set an Instance to Start Automatically

Applies to: SQL Server

This topic describes how to set an instance of SQL Server to start automatically in SQL Server by using SQL Server Configuration Manager. During setup, SQL Server is normally configured to start automatically. If this was not done, you can change that setting at any time.

Using SQL Server Configuration Manager

To set an instance of SQL Server to start automatically

  1. On the Start menu, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft SQL Server, point to Configuration Tools, and then click SQL Server Configuration Manager.


    Because SQL Server Configuration Manager is a snap-in for the Microsoft Management Console program and not a stand-alone program, SQL Server Configuration Manager does not appear as an application in newer versions of Windows.

    • Windows 10 and Windows 11:
      To open SQL Server Configuration Manager, on the Start Page, type SQLServerManager13.msc (for SQL Server 2016 (13.x)). For other versions of SQL Server replace 13 with the appropriate number. Clicking SQLServerManager13.msc opens the Configuration Manager. To pin the Configuration Manager to the Start Page or Task Bar, right-click SQLServerManager13.msc, and then click Open file location. In the Windows File Explorer, right-click SQLServerManager13.msc, and then click Pin to Start or Pin to taskbar.
    • Windows 8:
      To open SQL Server Configuration Manager, in the Search charm, under Apps, type SQLServerManager<version>.msc such as SQLServerManager13.msc, and then press Enter.
  2. In SQL Server Configuration Manager, expand Services, and then click SQL Server.

  3. In the details pane, right-click the name of the instance you want to start automatically, and then click Properties.

  4. In the SQL Server <instancename> Properties dialog box, set Start Mode to Automatic.

  5. Click OK, and then close SQL Server Configuration Manager.

See Also

Prevent Automatic Startup of an Instance of SQL Server (SQL Server Configuration Manager)
Connect to Another Computer (SQL Server Configuration Manager)
Configure WMI to Show Server Status in SQL Server Tools