A curious case of a missing configuration group.


I recently received a brand new windows 7 virtual machine for my every day work use and one of the first things that I did was install SQL SERVER 2008 developer edition on it.

As I’d expect, this was a pretty straight forward task and before long I had a working SQL instance on my desktop.

During the day I made a configuration change that required me to re-cycle the SQL service – so off I went to the SQL SERVER configuration manager – but the “Configuration Tools” folder was not there. That’s odd, I thought.

I soon worked out that the SQL configuration manager is called “SQLServerManager10.msc” and can simply be started from the command line – or from actually locating the executable and running it.

The configuration manager executable is called SQLServerManager10.msc.

I found this snapin living in the “C:\WINDOWS\system32″ directory on my system.

I just thought that I’ll let you know in case anybody else has seen this program group not being installed – it’d be nice to hear from you if you have.



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About Martin Catherall

Martin Catherall is Senior SQL consultant at SQL Down Under, based in Melbourne, Australia. Martin is also a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Regional Mentor (RM) for the Professional Association for SQL Server. Prior to relocating to Australia he was extremely active in the Christchurch, New Zealand data community - founding the local SQL Server user group and organizing SQL Saturday Christchurch - which later became SQL Saturday South Island. He likes learning interesting stuff about processing and storing data and passing on his knowledge. In his spare time he likes to learn guitar and hang out with his two young sons Callum Glen and Robert Michael.