We are migrating our existing client databases to Azure soon. Our current database uses FileStream and has some data stored in columns of type varbinary(max). From what I have read, FileStream is not supported in Azure.

How would we be able to migrate this data to Azure? Hopefully this isn't repeat, but I have not been able to find an example of someone doing this.

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It is not supported in Azure SQL Databases, but you have two other options. One is to simply use a VM with a SQL Server installed and the other one, and recommended, is to use the newly announced SQL Server Managed Instances.


  • But can we use Azure Storage for SQL Server FileStream? If so, how? Jun 19, 2018 at 18:07
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    Based on Filestream and Filetable limitations in Azure SQL Database Managed Instance, it would appear not.
    – Mark G
    Oct 5, 2018 at 16:42

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