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Fix Error in SQL Server 2012 When Creating or Viewing a Maintenance Plan in SSMS

by on April 28, 2014

Creating a maintenance plan in SQL Server 2012 gives the following errorimage

ERROR: ‘Agent XPs’ component is turned off as part of the security configuration for this server.

Solution 1

  1. Sql Server Configuration Manager > click on Sql Server Services
  2. Right click on Sql Server Agent > Properties
  3. In Popup > Service tab > change Start Mode to Automatic > Apply
  4. Since it will remain stopped, Right Click > Start


  1. You should now be able to create a new maintenance plan or use wizardimage

Solution 2 – Query

sp_configure ‘show advanced options’, 1;




sp_configure ‘Agent XPs’, 1;





From → Microsoft, SQL Server

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