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1. Define SQL Server Surface Area Configuration Tool?

SQL Server 2005 contains configuration tools such as a system stored procedure called sp_configure or SQL Server Surface Area Configuration tool (for services and features) in order to enable/disable optional features as needed. Those features are usually installed as disabled by default. Here is the list of the features that can be enabled using the tool: 

  • xp_cmdshell
  • SQL Server Web Assistant
  • CLR Integration
  • Ad hoc remote queries (the OPENROWSET and OPENDATASOURCE functions)
  • OLE Automation system procedures
  • System procedures for Database Mail and SQL Mail
  • Remote use of a dedicated administrator connection
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