Monday, February 1, 2021

Can't see SQL Server Configuration Manager in Computer Management

 So according to this doc on MS docs, I should be able to run configuration manager against a remote SQL server from a machine with a GUI.

Except, as you can see from the screenshot, "SQL Server Configuration Manager" isn't anywhere in there.

The server is Windows Server Core 2019. MMC is a no-go.

So let's find the .msc, I thought, and so I pointed my File Explorer at c:\windows\system32. So I tried starting it manually, and got the error "Class not registered".

OK, this is Server Core, that's not really all that shocking.

I copied the .msc from my Server Core machine over to the GUI server I have SSMS installed on, and tried running it from there. This is the error I get.

So I'm going to have to figure out how to install the configuration manager without installing SQL Server itself.

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