how to tell when sql service starts and restarts... log

i can use query or whatever.

last night we came across our sql service stopped around 8 o clock last night.
what is an easy way to tell when the sql service stopped and started by either logs or queries.
thanks guys
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Deepak ChauhanSQL Server DBACommented:
You can check the Windows event system logs
event ID 7036
message :The SQL Server (XYZ) service entered the stopped state.

and same event ID 7036
Mesasge: The SQL Server (XYZ) service entered the running state

or check the sql server error log file recycling time.

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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
A very quick and easy to tell that it started since the last stop is to capture the create_date for the tempdb into a table, then compare that value to the current value: if there is a change, then the SQL instance has started since the last time you checked.  Then you could do the more costly checks to determine when it stopped.
Mandeep SinghDatabase AdministratorCommented:

Check this post, here it will tell you uptime of server.
Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
In SSMS just check for the SQL Server logs. First entry of the first file (Current) is the Start Time and last entry from the previous file (Archive #1) is when the SQL Server stopped.

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