SQL Remote Blob Storage Team Blog

Remote Blob Storage (RBS) is a library API set that is designed to move storage of large binary data (BLOBs) from Microsoft SQL Server to external storage solutions.

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  • Blog Post: Fixing RBS/Provider version mismatch issues

    The problem Release of a new RBS library will cause the providers developed with older version to not work due to version mismatch. The symptoms Let’s take an example of SharePoint to understand where and how the problem might appear. On a running SharePoint instance...
  • Blog Post: RBS Security Model

    RBS stores blob data in external blob stores which often use a differing security method from SQL Server. This blog post details the RBS security model for administrators and provider developers. Master Key Requirement As part of the RBS installation a database master key is required to be set...
  • Blog Post: RBS Filestream Provider Small Blob Optimization Settings

    The RBS Filestream Provider has a number of configuration options designed to ensure optimal read and write performance across a range of blob sizes. The defaults were chosen after performance testing on various hardware and should be left as-is unless there are specific circumstances that require modification...
  • Blog Post: Running RBS Maintainer

    We are getting some questions on this through this blog and our codeplex site and I thought that this subject needs a detailed blog post, so here is some information on running RBS maintainer. Connection Strings RBS maintainer takes connection strings from a CLR config file (Microsoft.Data...
  • Blog Post: Multiple Blob Stores in RBS – Defaults and Explicit Store Selection

    Recently I got a question on how a blob store is chosen for storing new blobs when multiple blob stores are present, and how to influence that choice. This might be of interest to many others and so I am writing this blog post. Please feel free to ask questions (using the contact features on this blog...
  • Blog Post: RBS Garbage Collection Settings and Rationale

    I recently got a question on RBS Garbage Collection settings and their usage. So I decided to write this blog post describing the different parts of GC and the associated settings. RBS Maintainer does garbage collection (GC) in 3 phases: 1. Reference Scan (RS) - Look through the application...
  • Blog Post: BlobId vs BlobReference, Collections

    Pradeep just sent out a good description of the differences between an RBS BlobId and BlobReference token, and a quick description of the current state of the collection architecture. Both a BlobId and BlobReference are generated by RBS. The ID from the provider (called StoreBlobId) is not exposed...
  • Blog Post: RBS Sample Application Released

    The latest release on the RBS CodePlex sample site ( http://www.codeplex.com/sqlrbs ) contains a sample application demonstrating the various ways to store and fetch blobs using the RBS interface. This includes basic store / fetch, specifying collections / blob stores for store calls, use of the push...
  • Blog Post: Remote Blob Storage RC0 Release

    Hi, and welcome to the Remote Blob Storage team blog. This first post is to announce our client release as part of SQL Server RC0's Feature Pack downloads, as well as point people to the RBS Samples link on CodePlex. Remote Blob Storage (RBS) is a library API set that is designed to move storage of...
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