Rename a Service Application’s database using PowerShell

While setting up a SharePoint 2013 DR environment I needed to script the renaming of databases used by service applications.  Utilising the Get-SPServiceApplication cmdlet I was able to achieve this with just three lines:

$sa = Get-SPServiceApplication -Name "Managed Metadata Service"
$sa.Database.Name = "New_Database"


Note: It was necessary to stop the service first using the Stop-SPServiceInstance cmdlet.

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