How to Activate xp_cmdshell Server Configuration Option



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This article is originally taken from Microsoft website. No idea to write a new article – actually, just too lazy today, to be honest, 🙂

The xp_cmdshell option is a SQL Server server configuration option that enables system administrators to control whether the xp_cmdshell extended stored procedure can be executed on a system. By default, the xp_cmdshell option is disabled on new installations and can be enabled by using the Policy-Based Management or by running the sp_configure system stored procedure as shown in the following code example:

Open the SQL Management Studio and hit below commands,

To allow advanced options to be changed

EXEC sp_configure 'show advanced options', 1;  
GO  

To update the currently configured value for advanced options

RECONFIGURE;  
GO  

To enable the feature

EXEC sp_configure 'xp_cmdshell', 1;  
GO  

To update the currently configured value for this feature

RECONFIGURE;  
GO

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