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How to: Start an Instance of SQL Server (net Commands)

Updated: 14 April 2006

The Microsoft SQL Server service can be started by using Microsoft Windows net commands.

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SQL Server running on a cluster is best managed by using Cluster Administrator. For more information, see Using SQL Server Tools with Failover Clustering.

  1. From a command prompt, enter one of the following commands:

    net start "SQL Server (MSSQLSERVER)"

    -or-

    net start MSSQLSERVER

  1. From a command prompt, enter one of the following commands. Replace <instancename> with the name of the instance you want to manage.

    net start "SQL Server ( instancename )"

    -or-

    net start MSSQL$ instancename

  1. Add startup options to the end of the net start "SQL Server (MSSQLSERVER)" statement, separated by a space. When started using net start, startup options use a slash (/) instead of a hyphen (-).

    net start "SQL Server (MSSQLSERVER)" /f /m

    -or-

    net start MSSQLSERVER /f /m

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    For more information about startup options, see Using the SQL Server Service Startup Options.

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