SQL Server Agent allows you to automate a variety of administrative tasks. In this tutorial, we walk through the process of using SQL Server Agent to create and schedule a job that automates database administration.
Open up Microsoft SQL Server Configuration Manager and locate the SQL Server Agent service. If the status of that service is "RUNNING", you do not need to do anything. Otherwise, right-click on the SQL Server Agent service and select Start from the pop-up menu. You'll see the Starting Service window shown above.