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Microsoft® SQL Server 2012 Unleashed by Alex T. Silverstein, Chris Gallelli, Paul T. Bertucci, Ray Rankins

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FILESTREAM Filegroups

FILESTREAM storage is a feature available in SQL Server 2012 for storing unstructured data, such as documents, images, and videos. FILESTREAM storage helps to solve the issues with using unstructured data by integrating the SQL Server Database Engine with the NTFS file system for storing the unstructured data, such as documents and images, on the file system with the database storing a pointer to the data. Although the actual data resides outside the database in the NTFS file system, you can still use Transact-SQL (T-SQL) statements to insert, update, query, and back up FILESTREAM data, while maintaining transactional consistency between the unstructured data and corresponding structured data with same level of security. ...

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