Most Windows server software runs as a service when the machine boots up. You can create a Windows service to run the Database Agent by executing a script bundled with the product.
Install the Database Agent as a Windows Service
To create the Database Agent as a Windows service, run the following command as an administrator:
A Windows service named
You can use
You can add a service with a different name or change the name of the service by using the
The screenshot below shows the Windows Service Control Manager.
If you choose to use Windows authentication for Microsoft SQL Server, you must change your login credentials and restart the database agent service.
Uninstall the Database Agent as a Service
To uninstall the database agent service, run the following command as an administrator:
Running the Agent on Windows Using the Task Scheduler
It is recommended to run the Database Agent as a Windows service. However, if you choose to run the agent using Task Scheduler, ensure the agent runs with the highest privileges available. When using Task Scheduler, if the host is restarted, the agent will not start automatically.