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BISQL # 46 : Information of SQL Server Database Services and Startup account


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BI SQL Developer have the less information on what is a service account and which is the best to be used and when.

So In this post we will look into some DBA content regarding Database Services and Start-up account

In you server instance you may find following service are installed on you SQL server

SQL Server Database Services

  1. SQL Server Agent
  2. Analysis Services
  3. Reporting Services
  4. Integration Services
  5. SQL Server Browser
  6. Full-text search
  7. SQL Server Active Directory Helper
  8. SQL Writer Now lets see basic information of this one by one

SQL Server Agent :

SQL Server Agent is a Microsoft Windows service that executes scheduled administrative tasks, which are called jobs. SQL Server Agent uses SQL Server to store job information. Jobs contain one or more job steps. Each step contains its own task, for example, backing up a database. SQL Server Agent can run a job on a schedule, in response to a specific event, or on demand. For example, if you want to back up all the company servers every weekday after hours, you can automate this task.

Analysis Services:

Analysis Service delivers online analytical processing (OLAP) and data mining functionality for business intelligence applications. Analysis Services supports OLAP by letting you design, create, and manage multidimensional structures that contain data aggregated from other data sources, such as relational databases. For data mining applications, Analysis Services lets you design, create, and visualize data mining models that are constructed from other data sources by using a wide variety of industry-standard data mining algorithms.

Reporting Services:

Reporting Services is a server-based reporting platform that provides comprehensive reporting functionality for a variety of data sources. Reporting Services includes a complete set of tools for you to create, manage, and deliver reports, and APIs that enable developers to integrate or extend data and report processing in custom applications. Reporting Services tools work within the Microsoft Visual Studio environment and are fully integrated with SQL Server tools and components.

Integration Services:

Microsoft Integration Services is a platform for building enterprise-level data integration and data transformations solutions. You use Integration Services to solve complex business problems by copying or downloading files, sending e-mail messages in response to events, updating data warehouses, cleaning and mining data, and managing SQL Server objects and data. Integration Services includes a rich set of built-in tasks and transformations; tools for constructing packages; and the Integration Services service for running and managing packages. You can use the graphical Integration Services tools to create solutions without writing a single line of code; or you can program the extensive Integration Services object model to create packages programmatically and code custom tasks and other package objects.

SQL Server Browser :

SQL Server Browser runs as a Windows service on the server. SQL Server Browser listens for incoming requests for SQL Server resources and provides information about SQL Server instances that are installed on the computer. SQL Server Browser contributes to three actions:

  • Browsing a list of available servers
  • Connecting to the correct server instance
  • Connecting to Dedicated Administrator Connection (DAC) endpoints
    SQL Server Browser service is a tool used to connect to an SQL Server instance if a DBA is not able to connect to that instance through DAC. It can be configured either during the installation of SQL Server or by using the Surface Area Configuration Manager tool. This service starts automatically by default. It listens to incoming requests and connects to the correct instance. It also displays a list of all available instances on the server and connects to DAC endpoints.

Full-text search :

SQL Server 2008 provides the functionality for applications and users to issue full-text queries against character-based data in SQL Server tables. Before full-text queries can be run on a given table, the database administrator must create a full-text index on the table. The full-text index includes one or more character-based columns in the table. These columns can have any of the following data types: char, varchar, nchar, nvarchar, text, ntext, image, xml, varbinary, or varbinary(max). Each full-text index indexes one or more columns from the base table, and each column can have a specific language. Beginning in SQL Server 2008, full-text search supports more than 50 diverse languages, such as English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Bengali, and Hindi.

SQL Server Active Directory Helper :

The service is used to publish SQL Server resources into Active Directory. It is disabled by default and launched by SQL Server itself, which it will do as required if set to Manual. Installation configures it as Network Service which should be able to browse AD since it passes the machine name as its identity. Local System is recommended as an alternative. Since it needs to connect to network resources (an AD DC) the better option would be to use a domain account for this identity. And as always, don’t use a personal account, create an account dedicated to the purpose (e.g. domain\SqlService).

SQL Writer :

The SQL Writer Service provides added functionality for backup and restore of SQL Server through the Volume Shadow Copy Service framework.
The SQL Writer Service is installed automatically. It must be running when the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) application requests a backup or restore. To configure the service, use the Microsoft Windows Services applet. The SQL Writer Service installs on all operating systems.

we can configure SQL Server related services either during the setup or after the installation using the SQL Server configuration Manager.

SQL Server Database startup account

Following is list of startup account

  1. Local User Account
  2. Local Service Account
  3. Local System Account
  4. Network Service Account
  5. Domain Account

Now lets see what this accounts really are one by one:

Local User Account :

This user account is created in your server where SQL Server is installed, this account does not have access to network resources.

Local Service Account :

This is a builtin windows account that is available for configuring services in windows. This account has permissions as same as accounts that are in the users group, thus it has limited access to the resources in the server. This account is not supported for SQL SERVER and AGENT services.

Local System Account :

This is a builtin windows account that is available for configuring services in windows. This is a highly privileged account that has access to all resources in the server with administrator rights.

Network Service Account :

This is a builtin windows account that is available for configuring services in windows. This has permissions to access resources in the network under the computer account.

Domain Account:

This account is a part of your domain that has access to network resources for which it is intended to have permission for. It is always advised to run SQL Server and related services under a domain account with minimum privilege need to run SQL Server and its related services.

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