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Getting Started with FILESTREAM Storage

This topic describes how to start working with FILESTREAM. FILESTREAM is not automatically enabled when you install or upgrade SQL Server. You must enable FILESTREAM by using SQL Server Configuration Manager and SQL Server Management Studio. To use FILESTREAM, you must create or modify a database to contain a special type of filegroup. Then, create or modify a table so that it contains a varbinary(max) column with the FILESTREAM attribute. After you complete these tasks, you can use Transact-SQL and Win32 to manage the FILESTREAM data.


To create FILESTREAM-enabled databases and tables

To work with FILESTREAM data by using Transact-SQL and Win32