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I'm looking to start the very minimum number of services to have a fully working version of SQL Server running that will enable external connections.

I know MSSQLSERVER is required but do I need to start SQLSERVERAGENT, MSSQLServerOLAPService, SQLBrowser and msftesql?


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Your server instance (MSSQLSERVER) is all that you absolutely need. The other services are required for other things that support the database service.

  • SQLSERVERAGENT is your job runner and required if you want to run SQL Agent jobs
  • MSSQLServerOLAPServices is Analysis Services
  • SQLBrowser is the instance locater and required if you do things like run your instances on non-standard TCP/IP ports
  • msftesql is the full-text search service and needs to run if you have that enabled
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Good explanation thanks. – Webmonger Feb 8 '11 at 12:23

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