SQL Server Configuration Manager provides basic configuration management for SQL Server services, server protocols, client protocols and client aliases.

I have SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition installed on Windows 8.1 and found that when I try to open the Configuration manager from the start menu, I cannot not find a start menu entry or shortcut for it.

I discovered that you can find it by searching for its msc. file in the start. Go to Start  Menu ( Windows Key + S) and enter the following in the search box:

SQLServerManager10.msc

SQL Configuration Manager will be dynamically returned in the result set, you can pin it to Start Menu or Desktop Taskbar as needed.

Alternatively use the run command (windows Key + R) and enter: SQLServerManager10.msc