#0344 – SQL Server – Missing Configuration Manager on Windows 8

Microsoft SQL Server comes with a very powerful  configuration manager which can be used to manage the SQL Server services and control network visibility and footprint. Working without the SQL Server Configuration Manager is a nightmare for a DBA.

SQL Server Configuration Manager is not available in Windows 8

Many development environments have SQL Server installed on the developer workstations running a Windows 8 operating system. I have been consulted on a couple of instances where the SQL Server Configuration Manager fails to come up in the “Start” menu application list (even using the Search charm does not yield any results).

The workaround

The SQL Server Configuration Manager is in reality a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) application. Hence, the workaround is to do the following:

  1. Launch the Search charm
  2. Search for the SQL Server Configuration Manager MMC snap-in:
    • SQL Server 2012 – search for “SQLServerManager11.msc
    • SQL Server 2008R2 – search for “SQLServerManager10.msc
  3. Press “Enter” to launch (or alternatively, right-click on the result to pin to the Start Menu or create a shortcut on the desktop)

Further Reading on the SQL Server Configuration Manager

  • SQL Server Configuration Manager – Hide your SQL Server Instance [Link]
  • #0151 – SQL Server– Which TCP/IP port is my SQL Server listening on? [Link]
  • Changing SQL Server Service Account or Password – Avoid restarting SQL Server [Link]

[EDIT, 09/08/2014, 10:55AM IST]: Rectified a typo for the MSC file name related to Configuration Manager for SQL Server 2008 R2.

Until we meet next time,

Be courteous. Drive responsibly.


3 thoughts on “#0344 – SQL Server – Missing Configuration Manager on Windows 8

  1. Patrick Lambin

    You wrote
    “2.Search for the SQL Server Configuration Manager MMC snap-in: •SQL Server 2012 – search for “SQLServerManager11.msc“
    •SQL Server 2012 – search for “SQLServerManager10.msc

    It is possible that there is a little error ( or maybe , with my poor understanding of the English language , I have not understood what you wrote )
    SQL Server 2014 ==> version 12
    SQL Server 2012 ==> version 11
    SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 ==> version 10

    I think that SQLServerManager10.msc is for 2008/2008 R2
    For SQL Server 2014 , I suppose that we have to use SQLServerManager12.msc


    1. nakulvachhrajani Post author

      Hello, Patrick!

      Thank-you for taking the time out and reading my post. Also, many thanks for pointing out the typo! I stand corrected – I have fixed up the error and updated the post.

      Once again, many thanks for your valuable feedback!


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