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Stopping the Unstoppable SQL Agent

A client recently needed to stop and re-start their SQL Agent so that settings changes to SQL Mail would take effect and the we could send mail / alerts from the system. However when I attempted to stop the Agent has their SQL Agent it did not error out or stop.

We can see in the image below that the Agent was stuck in a limbo state “Stopping” after waiting 30 minutes to see if the agent would stop I needed to take other steps.

What worked for be and saved me from a reboot.

  • Start a command prompt with “Run as Administrator”

  • Next type queryx SQLServerAgent This should result in a screen with a PID number.

  • Next use the taskkill (no spaces) / f /pid xxxx where the x’s are the PID from above.


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