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SQL Server agent & maintenance task issue ?

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Hi All,

I'm currently running SQL Server 2012 Standard SP1 on my Windows Server 2008 R2 and have login as SA user, somehow I cannot start the SQL Agent from SSMS and cannot edit the SQL maintenance job with this error:

TITLE: Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio
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'Agent XPs' component is turned off as part of the security configuration for this server. A system administrator can enable the use of 'Agent XPs' by using sp_configure. For more information about enabling 'Agent XPs', see "Surface Area Configuration" in SQL Server Books Online. (ObjectExplorer)

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Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
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by:bbao
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it is by design, because Agent XPs component has been disabled.

what to do? basically all info and action you need to know have been provided by the error message. :)
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Vitor Montalvão earned 200 total points
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That error doesn't says that SQL Agent service can't be started. It says that a group of extended stored procedures (XPs) couldn't be enabled because of a security configuration.

You can verify if SQL Server Agent is running by checking the services in SQL Server Configuration Manager.
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by:Marten Rune
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It's not SQL Server express, if it is, the agent is disabled and can not be turned on. This is by MS design. It doesn't come whit the free edition.
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by:Daniel Jones
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Enable the SQL Server Agent extended stored procedures by running the following query:
sp_configure 'show advanced options', 1;
GO
RECONFIGURE;
GO
sp_configure 'Agent XPs', 1;
GO
RECONFIGURE
GO

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by:Senior IT System Engineer
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Thanks guys, it seems the SQL Agent Service was stopped because of the service wa using Service account.
Not sure why, but when I change it as the local account it works again ?

Note: the service account is not locked.
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by:Marten Rune
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The agent account does require instance and database access (jobs are stored in msdb database). This is not the case for the SQL Server Service account.

Just to clarify.

Regards Marten
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by:Vitor Montalvão
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Thanks guys, it seems the SQL Agent Service was stopped because of the service wa using Service account.
Did you check if the SQL Agent account had permissions in SQL Server instance?
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