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 conform to the following requirements:

  • A staging system must have the same or later version of Microsoft SQL Server that hosts restored Microsoft SharePoint databases.
  • 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.


You can use Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2016 Express editions which are shipped with the Veeam Backup & Replication distribution package. Consider that due to Express edition limitations, the maximum database size that can be attached is 10 GB. For more information, see this Microsoft article.

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.