I have a personal computer where I have different instances of SQL server running (developer edition) with both integration services and analysis services (one in tabular and one in multidimensional). I use it for practice and to improve my skills. The start mode in Configuration Manager is "Automatic". So I have two instances each with both SSIS and SSAS. When I am not using SQL Server will these services use a lot of resources on my computer by simply running in the background?


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    You can put the mode to manual and start only when you are working. Why to keep it as automatic since its not database server. Commented Aug 16, 2020 at 10:16

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SQL Server takes up as much memory as it needs.
https://www.brentozar.com/archive/2011/09/sysadmins-guide-microsoft-sql-server-memory/ https://www.brentozar.com/blitz/max-memory/

I also have it on a laptop, but I have the services set to manual. They're only consuming memory when I need them to.

DataOnWheels has a great post about starting/stopping SQL Server Services with Powershell. https://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/starting-and-stopping-sql-server-with-powershell

*Edited after I Implemented it on my laptop, and changed name of Service since most users I know have "MSSQLSERVER" as the service name:

To Start SQL Server

##Needs to run in admin Mode. 

##Ensure permissions are valid

##To Start SQL Server Automatically

To Stop SQL Server:

##Needs to run in admin Mode. 

##Ensure permissions are valid

##To Stop SQL Server 
SET-Service 'MSSQLSERVER' -StartupType Disabled

I'd suggest running those through a BAT file and linking that to an icon on your desktop.

I suggest it because it's what I'm about to do.


As usual in these cases, "It depends".

Depends, as a minumum, on:

  1. How performant is your PC in general (especially: how much RAM, how many CPUs, are your disks SSD, etc).
  2. How often do you practice with SQL Server.

Personally, I have a situation like yours and I don't feel any kind of slowness. Starting/stopping services can be boring when you are in a hurry, but if there are situations in which you need "all the power" of your PC, you can safely stop or pause SQL Server related services: it is not a DB server, then you know when you can stop it.

An idea could be to make a script to stop/start all SQL related services.

  • Thanks, both answers are good but I choose to accept the other one.
    – xhr489
    Commented Aug 16, 2020 at 15:15

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