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Move the PowerPivot Service service application databases in SharePoint Server 2013

SharePoint 2013

Published: October 30, 2012

Summary: Learn how to move the PowerPivot service application database.

This article describes how to move the Power Pivot for SharePoint 2013 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:

Before you begin

note Note:

Administrators typically use the SharePoint Central Administration website and the SharePoint Management Shell to manage deployments. For information about accessibility for administrators, see Accessibility for SharePoint 2013.

Because SharePoint 2013 runs as websites in Internet Information Services (IIS), administrators and users depend on the accessibility features that browsers provide. SharePoint 2013 supports the accessibility features of supported browsers. For more information, see the following resources:

Important Important:

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.

Move the service application database

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 Usage and Health Data Collection 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.

Pointing the Power Pivot for SharePoint 2013 service application to a moved database

You can use Central Administration to point the Power Pivot for SharePoint 2013 service application to a renamed or moved database.

To point the Power Pivot for SharePoint 2013 service application to a moved database by using Central Administration

  1. Verify that the user account that is performing the procedure is a member of the Farm Administrators SharePoint group.

  2. In Central Administration, click Application Management, and then, click Manage service applications.

  3. On the Service Applications page, place your cursor next to Power Pivot for SharePoint 2013 and then click the empty row.

    The ribbon becomes active.

  4. In the Operations group of the ribbon, click Properties.

    The Edit Power Pivot for SharePoint 2013 Application page appears.

  5. Change the database name, and then click OK.

    note Note:

    If you use an incorrect database name, SharePoint Server 2013 creates a new database.

  6. In the Quick Launch, click System Settings.

  7. On the System Settings page, in the Servers section, click Manage services on server.

  8. In the Service list, next to the Power Pivot for SharePoint 2013, click Start.

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