Staging SQL Server

To perform Microsoft SharePoint items restore, Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint requires a Microsoft SQL server to be used as a staging system.

The server you plan to use as a staging system must meet the following requirements:

  • A staging system must have the same or later version of Microsoft SQL Server that hosts restored Microsoft SharePoint databases.
  • As a staging server, you can use any edition of Microsoft SQL Server, including the Express Edition. You can download the necessary edition from the Microsoft Download Center.

Note that databases that exceed 10 GB cannot be attached to the Microsoft SQL Server Express Edition due to Express Edition limitations. For more information, see the Editions and supported features of SQL Server 2022 Microsoft article.

  • Microsoft SQL Server that is included in Microsoft SQL Server Failover Cluster cannot be used as a staging system.
  • Nodes participating in AlwaysOn Availability Groups are supported. However, you should not use Availability Group Listeners as staging servers.

Remote BLOB Stores Support

A BLOB store must be either included in the SharePoint backup created by Veeam Backup & Replication or Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows (for automated discovery) or stored on a local machine running Veeam Explorer for Microsoft SharePoint (for manual discovery).


RBS FILESTREAM is the only provider that is supported in the current version.

Make sure the staging Microsoft SQL Server configuration meets the following requirements:

  1. FILESTREAM is enabled on a database server. For more information, see the following articles:
  1. RBS Client Library is installed on the database server.

For Microsoft SQL Server 2014 and later, the Remote Blob Store setup is included in the installation media. For other versions, you can use the Microsoft SQL Server Remote Blob Store installation package. For more information on how to install the package, see this Microsoft article.