Tuesday, October 22, 2013

SQL Server Configuration Manager (sqlserverManager11.msc) Hidden after Windows 8.1 Upgrade

You may have noticed, like I did, that after upgrading-in-place from Windows 8 Enterprise to Windows 8.1 Enterprise, my local installation of SQL 2012 SP1 no longer listed SQL Server Configuration Manager under the "SQL Server 2012" list in the Start applications screen.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so to confirm I posted screenshots of my Start Menu and Search menu.

Even searching for "SQL Server Configuration Manager" in the start menu returned no local results.

Note that in the screenshots to the left of the Apps By Category start menu, there is no familiar SQL Server Configuration Manager icon listed with the SQL 2012 Category. Searching for "Configuration" returns other local configuration programs, such as MDS Configuration Manager and SSRS Configuration Manager, but not SQL Server Configuration Manager.

I found SQL Server Configuration Manager right where it belongs, but it has vanished from the local program listing: "C:\Windows\SysWOW64\SQLServerManager11.msc". Same location as for previous versions.

A workaround solution is very basic. When you find it in Explorer, right click and "pin to start". Then you will be able to search for it as "sqlserverManager11". Now it will appear in the Desktop category of the Start Menu.

UPDATE: MSDN now includes this text to remedy this exact problem:
To access SQL Server Configuration Manager Using Windows 8
Because SQL Server Configuration Manager is a snap-in for the Microsoft Management Console program and not a stand-alone program, SQL Server Configuration Manager not does not appear as an application when running Windows 8. To open SQL Server Configuration Manager, in the Search charm, under Apps, type SQLServerManager12.msc for SQL Server 2014 (SQLServerManager11.msc for SQL Server 2012 or SQLServerManager10.msc for SQL Server 2008), and then press Enter.

You can find Configuration Manager versions in these standard locations.
More information here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms174212.aspx
SQL Server 2016C:\Windows\SysWOW64\SQLServerManager13.msc
SQL Server 2014C:\Windows\SysWOW64\SQLServerManager12.msc
SQL Server 2012C:\Windows\SysWOW64\SQLServerManager11.msc
SQL Server 2008C:\Windows\SysWOW64\SQLServerManager10.msc