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

The SQL Server Browser service returns named pipe and TCP port information to client applications. Enabling this service is useful when a pipe name or port number of a named instance is unknown to client applications. If you disable this service, you may choose static ports for Database Engine named instances and then specify the port number in client connections. For Analysis Services named instances, it is best to enable the SQL Server Browser service.

Service name

The name of the service.

Display name

The name that appears in the Name column in the Windows Services panel.


The service description, which also appears in the Description column of the Microsoft Windows services panel.

Startup type

Use to configure how the service starts.

Automatic specifies that the service starts when the system starts.

Manual specifies that a user or dependent service can start the service, and that the service does not start when the system starts.

Disabled prevents the service from being started by the system, a user, or any dependent service.

Service status

Shows the status of the service.

Start button

Starts the service.

Stop button

Stops the service.

Pause button

Pauses the service.

Resume button

Resumes the paused service.

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