Mmmm, interesting. The documentation does say unequivocally that the database can't be moved. I've moved it in the past, though. Maybe it ought to say instead that moving the resource database isn't supported?
I remember 1 situation in the past where the Resource system db was lost for 1 of our testing environments, then I had 2 copy it from another instance in order 2 fix that situation & it worked just fine 🙂
Thanks & Best Regards, Hany Helmy SQL Server Database Consultant
I don't deal with this level of the db but it seems like a trick question. At https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms190940.aspx it states 'These files are located in <drive>:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL<version>.<instance_name>\MSSQL\Binn\ and should not be moved'. 'Should not' is less restrictive than 'Cannot'. The specification that the drive is a variable would seem to indicate that different drives can be used. The name of the folder seems fixed for a database. I took the 'or' as if either is true then the whole thing is.