SQL Server – Dedicated Admin Connection (remote DAC)

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In SQL Server there is a special connection that can be used to connect to the database, the remote Dedicated Admin Connection or (DAC). This is a special connection that allows the administrator to connect to the SQL Server even if something has occurred that is preventing connections on the normal port.

One quick way to check if the DAC connection is available is to try connecting to the server name with ADMIN: in front of it from SSMS, like this:

DAC1If the DAC connection is not enabled, you will see an error message that looks like this.DAC1error


Another way to see if it is enabled is to open a normal connection to your database and run a query to check.

EXEC sp_configure 'remote admin connections';

If the running value is 0, then it is not configured.  If it shows 1 then it is configured.

Using TSQL you can turn on the DAC like this:

EXEC sp_configure 'remote admin connections', 1;

Be sure to run the RECONFIGURE command to allow the change to be activated.



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