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Move the Managed Metadata Service 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 Managed Metadata Service service application database.

This article describes how to move the Managed Metadata Service 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.

In this article:

NoteNote:
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The account, or accounts, performing the move 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 right 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 Managed Metadata 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.

You can point the Managed Metadata service application to a renamed or moved database by using either Central Administration or Windows PowerShell.

To point the Managed Metadata service application to a new database server by using Central Administration
  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 Managed Metadata Web Service, click Stop.

  4. In the Quick Launch, click Application Management.

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

  6. On the Manage Service applications page, click the empty area in the row next to the Managed Metadata Service Application name. The ribbon becomes active.

    NoteNote:
    You must click the empty area to activate the ribbon on the Manage Service applications page. If you click Managed Metadata Service Application, the settings page opens for this service application.
  7. Click Properties on the ribbon.

    The Create New Managed Metadata Service dialog box appears.

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

  9. In the Quick Launch, click System Settings.

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

  11. In the Service list, next to the Managed Metadata Web Service, click Start.

To point the Managed Metadata service application to a new database server by using Windows PowerShell
  1. Verify that you have the following memberships:

    • securityadmin fixed server role on the SQL Server instance.

    • db_owner fixed database role on all databases that are to be updated.

    • Administrators group on the server on which you are running the Windows PowerShell cmdlets.

    An administrator can use the Add-SPShellAdmin cmdlet to grant permissions to use SharePoint 2013 cmdlets.

    NoteNote:
    If you do not have permissions, contact your Setup administrator or SQL Server administrator to request permissions. For additional information about Windows PowerShell permissions, see Add-SPShellAdmin.
  2. Start the SharePoint 2013 Management Shell.

    • For Windows Server 2008 R2:

      1. On the Start menu, click All Programs.

      2. Click Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Products.

      3. Click SharePoint 2013 Management Shell.

    • For Windows Server 2012:

      • On the Start screen, click SharePoint 2013 Management Shell.

        If SharePoint 2013 Management Shell is not on the Start screen:

      1. Right-click Computer.

      2. Click All apps.

      3. Click SharePoint 2013 Management Shell.

    For more information about how to interact with Windows Server 2012, see Common Management Tasks and Navigation in Windows Server 2012.

  3. At the Windows PowerShell command prompt, type the following command:

    $app = Get-SPServiceApplication -Name "<ServiceApplicationName>"
    Set-SPMetadataServiceApplication -Identity $app -DatabaseName "<DbName>"
    

    Where:

    • <ServiceApplicationName> is the name of the Managed Metadata service application.

    • <DbName> is the name of the renamed database.

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