Why Sql Server Agent Stopped Automatically

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Have you ever encountered the frustration of your SQL Server Agent stopping automatically? As a seasoned database administrator, I have faced this issue numerous times and understand the impact it can have on your daily operations. In this article, I will delve into the possible reasons why SQL Server Agent may stop automatically and share some insights and solutions based on my own experiences.

1. System Reboot

One common reason why SQL Server Agent stops automatically is due to a system reboot. Whenever a server restarts, all running services, including SQL Server Agent, are temporarily stopped and then automatically restarted.

However, if your SQL Server Agent does not start after the system reboot, ensure that the service is configured to start automatically. To check this, go to the SQL Server Configuration Manager and verify that the “Start Mode” for SQL Server Agent is set to “Automatic.”

2. Service Account Permissions

Another possible cause for SQL Server Agent to stop automatically is incorrect or insufficient permissions for the service account. The service account that SQL Server Agent uses must have the necessary rights and privileges to access the required resources.

To address this issue, make sure that the service account has sufficient permissions on the server and has been granted the necessary privileges, such as Log on as a service, Act as part of the operating system, and Log on as a batch job. You can modify the service account’s permissions through the Local Security Policy or Group Policy Editor.

3. Error in SQL Server Agent Jobs

SQL Server Agent relies heavily on jobs to automate various tasks and processes. If a job encounters an error and fails to complete, SQL Server Agent may stop automatically as a precautionary measure.

To identify the problematic job, check the SQL Server Agent Error Logs or the Job History. Once you have identified the issue, you can troubleshoot the job by examining the error message, checking the job steps and configurations, and ensuring that any required resources are available.


In conclusion, the automatic stopping of SQL Server Agent can occur for various reasons, including system reboots, service account permissions, and errors in jobs. By understanding these possible causes, you can take the necessary steps to diagnose and resolve the issue effectively.

Remember to always ensure that SQL Server Agent is configured to start automatically, verify the service account’s permissions, and troubleshoot any errors in jobs. By addressing these key areas, you can minimize disruptions and keep your SQL Server Agent running smoothly.