One of the noticeable omissions from the excellent SQL Server 2005 product is the Service Manager, a tool which provides a quick visual indication as to the state of a local or remote SQL Server instance.
It would appear that I’m not the first to notice this and an excellent freeware version has been produced by Jasper Smith.
This version requires the .NET 2.0 framework, supports both SQL Server 2005 and 2000 versions, and provides interfaces to manage (besides SQL Server): SQL Agent, Analysis Services, Full Text Search, MSDTC, SSIS, SQL Browser and Reporting Services!
Furthermore, there appears to be a very healthy development cycle. Great work Jasper!
Service Manager running in the taskbar:
Service Manager options: