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Move the User Profile service application databases in SharePoint Server 2013

SharePoint 2013
 

Applies to: SharePoint Server 2013, SharePoint Foundation 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2014-06-19

Summary: Learn how to move the User Profile service application databases in SharePoint Server 2013.

This article describes how to move the User Profile service application database. Moving service application databases to another farm database server or database instance can be done to load-balance a system. The process involves the two main tasks, each with sub-tasks, of moving the databases files and then pointing the service application to the moved database.

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The account, or accounts, performing the operations, must have the following rights and permissions:
  • A member of the Farm Administrators SharePoint group.

  • A member of the Administrators group on the local server

  • Have read permission on the source location and write permission on the target location.

  • Have the db_owner fixed database role for all of the databases that you are moving.

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

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 move the related database.

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 Management Studio Express (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkID=186132&clcid=0x409).

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. You must stop the Business Data Connectivity service 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 detach the database from SQL Server
  1. Verify that the user account that is performing this procedure has the db_owner fixed database role for all of the databases that you are moving.

  2. In SQL Server Management Studio, open the source SQL Server instance, and then expand the Databases node.

  3. Right-click the database, point to Tasks, and then click Detach. Repeat this step for each database that you want to move.

To move database files to a new location by using Windows Explorer
  1. Verify that the user account that is performing this procedure has read permission on the source location and write permission on the target location.

  2. In Windows Explorer, locate the .mdf, .ndf, and .ldf files for the service application databases.

  3. Select the .mdf, .ndf, and .ldf files for the databases that you want to move, and then either copy or move them to the destination directory.

To attach a database to a new instance of SQL Server
  1. Verify that the user account that is performing this procedure has the db_owner fixed database role for all of the databases that you are moving.

  2. In Management Studio, open the destination SQL Server instance.

  3. Right-click the Databases node, point to Tasks, and then click Attach.

  4. In the Attach Database dialog box, browse to where you transferred the .mdf, .ndf, and .ldf files, select the .mdf file for the database that you want to attach, and then click OK.

  5. Repeat for each database that you are moving.

The method for pointing a service application to a moved database that works for most service applications is to delete the service application and then re-create the service application. When you re-create the service application, use the new name or new location.

To document service application settings To delete the service application by using Central Administration To create the service application To start the service application
  1. Verify that the user account that is performing this procedure 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 service application, click Start.

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