The credentials you provided for the SQL Server Agent service are invalid. To continue, provide a valid account and password for the SQL Server Agent service.

As a beginning .Net developer you probably had to install and/or reinstall SQL Server plenty of times, and so do I. Most of the time the SQL Server install isn’t a big hassle, but sometimes it tends to be a pain in the ass. One of the problems I encounter from time to time, while installing SQL Server whithout much attention, is the following error.

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This screen is somewhat confusing as it asks for a list of userlogins, which we obviously don’t know, we’re new here hello 🙂

The “trick” here is to drop down the “Account Name” fields and select NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE, without specifying a password. This makes the services of SQL Server boot using that system account, and according security restrictions.  This way you can continue your installation, and specify theSA credentials later on.

 

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Not much of a problem, but I’m guessing that if I ran into this for the second time now, there should be other people who run into this error! 🙂

Peace,