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I'm preparing to use the FileTable feature in SQL Server 2012, but I'm unclear about how backups work with this feature:

  1. Does a full database backup include FileTable files?

  2. How would I perform the restore of a single file, for example?

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Does a full database backup include FileTable files?

Yes it does include the filetable data. From BOL :

When you use SQL Server to back up a FileTable, the FILESTREAM data is backed up with the structured data in the database. If you do not want to back up FILESTREAM data with relational data, you can use a partial backup to exclude FILESTREAM filegroups.


How would I perform the restore of a single file, for example?

You can use the same restore concept and do a point-in-time restore with STOPAT parameter.

For detailed example refer to (Page 319): Backup and Restore for FILESTREAM Databases.

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Thank you, @kin! I'll do some tests and report the results. – Camila Reis Sep 30 '13 at 16:10
@CamilaReis if the answer is useful please upvote/mark as answer. – Kin Sep 30 '13 at 16:33
thank you! The tests were successful. – Camila Reis Oct 2 '13 at 12:30
@CamilaReis you can have your question more meaningful by adding what tests (along with scripts) you did and what was the results. It will help future visitors. – Kin Oct 2 '13 at 20:25
Sorry. As my case was simple, I conducted the test did not use scripts, did the tests using the wizard from SQL Server. I did the backup database, removed some files and restored the backup again. And everything was restored without any problem. Thank you! @Kin – Camila Reis Oct 5 '13 at 15:10

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