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Rename the Secure Store Service service application databases in SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013
 

Applies to: SharePoint Server 2013, SharePoint Foundation 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2013-12-18

Summary: Learn how to rename the Secure Store Service service application databases in SharePoint 2013.

Renaming service application databases is typically done to remove the GUID from the database name after the databases have been created by the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard, or to bring the databases into alignment with your organization's naming standards.

You can use the SharePoint Central Administration website and SQL Server tools to stop the service, rename the databases, and then point to the renamed databases.

ImportantImportant:
The steps in this article apply to both SharePoint Foundation 2013 and SharePoint Server 2013.

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The general process for renaming or moving service application databases is as follows:

  1. Rename the database by using SQL Server tools.

  2. Point the service application to the renamed database.

NoteNote:
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ImportantImportant:
On the database servers on which the operations are performed, you must be a member of the following:
  • Administrators group on the local server

  • db_owner fixed database role

In some environments, you must coordinate the rename procedures with the database administrator. Be sure to follow any applicable policies and guidelines for managing databases.

To rename a service application database, you must use SQL Server. To move a service application database, you must use SQL Server and Windows Explorer. We recommend that you stop the services related to the service application before you rename or move the related database. In general, we expect that you will either rename or move a database. That is, you will typically not perform both actions.

The instructions in this article assume that you have installed SQL Server Management Studio on the database server. If this is not the case, you can download and install Management Studio at Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM - Management Studio Express.

To stop the service application
  1. Verify that the user account that is performing this procedure is a member of the Farm Administrators SharePoint group.

  2. For each service application that you plan to change the database for, you must stop the service or disable the service application by following the appropriate procedure for the service application that you are working with. For more information, see Start or stop a service (SharePoint 2013).

To rename the databases by using SQL Server Management Studio
  1. In SQL Server Management Studio, connect to the source SQL Server instance, and then expand the Databases node.

  2. Right-click the database that you want to rename, click Rename, and then type the new name. Repeat this step for each database that you want to rename.

You can point the Secure Store service application to a renamed or moved database by using Central Administration. Or, you can rename or move the database, and then delete or re-create the service application. If you choose to delete and re-create the service application, you must use the same passphrase that you used when you first configured the service application.

To point the Secure Store service application to a renamed or moved database by using Central Administration
  1. Verify that the user account that is performing this task is a member of the Farm Administrators SharePoint group.

  2. In Central Administration, under System Settings, click Manage services on server.

  3. In the Service list, next to the Secure Store service, click Stop.

  4. In the Quick Launch, click Application Management.

  5. On the Application Management page, click Manage service applications.

  6. Click the Secure Store Service service application. The ribbon becomes active.

  7. Click Properties on the ribbon.

  8. The Edit Secure Store Service Application page opens.

  9. Change the database name or database server, and then click OK.

    NoteNote:
    If you use an incorrect name, SharePoint 2013 creates a new database.
  10. In the Quick Launch, click System Settings.

  11. On the System Settings page, under Servers, click Manage services on server.

  12. In the Service list, next to the Secure Store service, click Start.

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