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SharePoint 2010 Search Database Move

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I have a SharePoint 2010 farm setup with all databases on a single SQL Server instance. I have a second SQL Server instance setup with nothing beyond the system databases installed. I would like to move the Enterprise Search database from the all inclusive server to my secondary server as a first step toward making my SharePoint configuration inline with best practices.

I have done a lot of research but unfortunately all I've found are procedures for moving content databases, web applications, services, or moving everything at once. I have not yet been able to locate any information on how to stand up my search function on a separate database server.

I would appreciate any guidance or references that can be provided.

I have already found this reference to how to get the OS and SQL Server setup for it's base requirements for containing a SharePoint database but nothing about moving the Search databases:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262781.aspx#Prep

Thank you.
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Sadly some aspects of SharePoint were not designed for such changes and search is one of them them although it can be done in some cases carefully.

Did you see this page?
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff851878.aspx

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff851878.aspx#search
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I had not seen those links. Thank you, by the way. I have a QA environment setup for this process so I will pull the trigger on this procedure and see how it works out for me before executing on my production farm.

I'll post back with my results.

Thanks again.
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I attempted to execute that procedure on my QA server but was unable to do the first part which was modify the database settings from central management. I am a Farm Admin and don't understand why I wouldn't have access to do anything. I also added myself as a Search Service Admin and granted Full Control to myself from the Permissions tab on the ribbon.

I have also tried this using the installation account who is a local and farm admin, when remoted in locally.

I have attached a screen shot of what I'm looking at.
SharePoint2010-Search-Service-Ma.jpg
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I noticed that I was looking at the Search Admin databse which can't be moved via Central Admin. Once I looked at the crawler and property databases I was able to edit those fields. Thanks for the help, I made the move and have some errors but I will research those and open a separate question if I continue to have issues.

Thanks again.
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