backupfilegroup (Transact-SQL)

Applies to: SQL Server

Contains one row for each filegroup in a database at the time of backup. backupfilegroup is stored in the msdb database.


The backupfilegroup table shows the filegroup configuration of the database, not of the backup set. To identify whether a file is included in the backup set, use the is_present column of the backupfile table.

Column name Data type Description
backup_set_id int Backup set containing this filegroup.
name sysname Name of the filegroup.
filegroup_id int ID of the filegroup; unique within the database. Corresponds to data_space_id in sys.filegroups.
filegroup_guid uniqueidentifier Globally unique identifier for the filegroup. Can be NULL.
type char(2) Content type, one of:

FG = "Rows" Filegroup

SL = SQL Server Log filegroup
type_desc nvarchar(60) Description of function type, one of:


is_default bit The default filegroup, used when no filegroup is specified in CREATE TABLE or CREATE INDEX.
is_readonly bit 1 = Filegroup is read-only.
log_filegroup_guid uniqueidentifier Can be NULL.



The same filegroup name can appear in different databases; however, each filegroup has its own GUID. Therefore, (backup_set_id,filegroup_guid) is a unique key that identifies a filegroup in backupfilegroup.

RESTORE VERIFYONLY FROM backup_device WITH LOADHISTORY populates the columns of the backupmediaset table with the appropriate values from the media-set header.

To reduce the number of rows in this table and in other backup and history tables, execute the sp_delete_backuphistory stored procedure.

See Also

Backup and Restore Tables (Transact-SQL)
backupfile (Transact-SQL)
backupmediafamily (Transact-SQL)
backupmediaset (Transact-SQL)
backupset (Transact-SQL)
System Tables (Transact-SQL)