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Reading and re-reading MSDN "Select an Account for the SQL Server Agent Service".

NT Service\SQLSERVERAGENT is not listed in the "Supported Service Account Types" section. And, if not, what is it installed with SQL Server for?
What could this possibly mean, I wonder? How should I better undesrstand it?

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This is a service SID. I believe it would be classed as a local non-administrative user in that table. – Jon Seigel Nov 1 '13 at 14:19
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NT Service\SQLSERVERAGENT is the name of an account, not an account type.

The document refers to account types. As @Jon-Seigel said, it qualifies as a 'Local non-administrative user'.

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There's no such account under "Local Users and Groups" (e.g. in compmgmt.msc). Isn't such account type classified as Virtual Accounts? – Gennady Vanin Геннадий Ванин Nov 5 '13 at 2:49
Yes, either a Virtual Account or a Managed Service Account. Neither account type is visible in the standard Local Users and Groups applet. In order to manage these accounts, you should probably use PowerShell to manage them. Look at for further info. – Max Vernon Nov 5 '13 at 3:30
The document referenced in your question does not use the Virtual Account or Managed Service Account nomenclature, which is why I believe it falls into the "Local non-administrative user" category. – Max Vernon Nov 5 '13 at 3:30

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