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SQL Server 2008 - varbinary(max) with Filestream - How / can you transfer files between databases?

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We are researching an upgrade to SQL 2008 from SQL 2000. We have two databases for Production and Testing. Sometimes we will backup the Production database and then restore it to the Testing database so we can apply, test and verify application changes that may be data dependent.

If we store our blob data using varbinary(max), could we still do this and have the filestream functionality work?

I assume we'd need to set up two different FILESTREAM Data Containers (for Prod and Test) but could we just copy the contents of one to the other so the Testing database would now point to the files in its FILESTREAM Data Containers and not to the files in the Production FILESTREAM Data Containers?

Thanks.
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Thank you MohammedU. That article is very helpful. One thing it didn't cover was restoring a backup from one database to another. For example, we occasionally will load production data into out testing database. In the past, this was straightforward using SSMS. Do you know if it is still the same when Filestreams are involved?

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