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Surface Area Configuration for Services and Connections

[This topic is pre-release documentation and is subject to change in future releases. Blank topics are included as placeholders.]

The Surface Area Configuration for Features tool provides a single interface for enabling or disabling SQL Server services and network protocols used for remote connections. Disabling unused services and connection types helps to secure your SQL Server installations by reducing the SQL Server surface area.

The tables below list the default for each setting and provide links to F1 Help topics.

Service or protocol Default setting F1 Help topic

Database Engine service

Startup can be set to Automatic or Manual during installation.

Surface Area Configuration for Services and Connections (Service) - Database Engine

Database Engine remote connections

Remote connections are disabled in SQL Server Express, SQL Server Evaluation, and SQL Server Developer editions. Remote connections are enabled in other editions.

Surface Area Configuration for Services and Connections (Remote Connections) - Database Engine

Analysis Services service

Startup can be set to Automatic or Manual during installation.

Surface Area Configuration for Services and Connections (Service) - Analysis Services

Analysis Services remote connections

Remote connections are disabled in SQL Server Express, SQL Server Evaluation, and SQL Server Developer editions. Remote connections are enabled in other editions.

Surface Area Configuration for Services and Connections (Remote Connections) - Analysis Services

Reporting Services service

Startup can be set to Automatic or Manual during installation.

Surface Area Configuration for Services and Connections (Service) - Reporting Services

SQL Server Agent service

If installed, the startup type is set to Manual and the service is stopped.

Surface Area Configuration for Services and Connections (Service) - SQL Server Agent

Full-Text Search service

If installed, startup is set to Manual and the service is stopped.

Surface Area Configuration for Services and Connections (Service) - Full-Text Search

Integration Services service

If installed, the service is set to the Automatic startup mode.

Surface Area Configuration for Services and Connections (Service) - Integration Services

SQL Server Browser service

Startup is set to Automatic in the following conditions:

  • When there are named instances of the Database Engine or SSAS on the server
  • When installed on a cluster
  • When installed side-by-side with SQL Server 2000

Surface Area Configuration for Services and Connections (Service) - SQL Server Browser

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