How to move the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager SQL database to a new SQL Server

Article:TECH174821  |  Created: 2011-11-18  |  Updated: 2012-01-06  |  Article URL
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Information is needed on how to move a Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager (SEPM) SQL database to a new SQL server.



  • Detach the Database in question from the current Instance; in SQL 2000 this is done via the "SQL 2000 Enterprise Manager", whereas if using SQL 2005 or 2008 this would be accomplished through the "SQL Server Management Studio".
  • After the Database is detached, navigate to the appropriate data folder where the existing SQL server data files are stored.

C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL\xxxx\DATA


C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL\DATA.

  • Copy the following database files to the data folder on the new server you plan to house this SQL database:




  • On the new SQL server, Right click on the Database instance, and click on Tasks > All Tasks > Attach Database.  This will again be done through the SQL Enterprise Manager or Management Studio. 
  • Type the path to the <db_name.MDF> file, and the wizard will automatically pick up the other files. (.NDF and .LDF)
  • Click OK. The wizard will automatically collate and attach the SEPM SQL Database to the chosen SQL Instance on the new server.
  • Once complete, Run the "Management Server Configuration Wizard" on the SEPM to point it to the new server housing its SQL Database.
  • In the Database Server name tab, type in the <HostName>\<InstanceName> of the new SQL server, fill in the remaining required details and complete the configuration wizard.

  • Once the wizard has completed, log in to the SEPM console and confirm that the previously configured Policies and Client groups appear as expected.

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