Enabling FILESTREAM for the Microsoft SQL Server database

This topic describes how to enable FILESTREAM for a Microsoft SQL Server database.
The Microsoft SQL Server database uses a feature called FILESTREAM to reduce the database size and to improve database performance.
  • The Microsoft SQL Server Express database has a 10 GB space limitation and requires FILESTREAM to be enabled. If you install your own SQL Server Express instance, you must enable FILESTREAM.
  • If you upgrade from an embedded database (14.3 MP1 and earlier) to 14.3 RU1 and later, you do not need to enable the FILESTREAM; the upgrade wizard or configuration wizard enables FILESTREAM for you automatically.
  • The Microsoft SQL Server database does not require FILESTREAM to be enabled, but it is recommended to improve performance. For a local SQL Server database, the Management Server Upgrade and Installation Wizard can enable FILESTREAM for you. For a remote Microsoft SQL Server database, you enable FILESTREAM manually on the computer where the SQL Server database is installed.
If you run the upgrade wizard or the configuration wizard and the following message appears, click
, and enable FILESTREAM.
The FILESTREAM feature is not enabled for this remote Microsoft SQL Server database.
if you want to continue upgrading or installing and you do not want to enable the FILESTREAM feature at this time.
If you are upgrading, the Management Server Upgrade wizard closes. After you enable FILESTREAM, you must restart the upgrade wizard to continue the management server upgrade. On the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager computer, click: 
..\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager\bin\upgrade.bat
To enable FILESTREAM manually:
  1. On the
    menu, expand
    Microsoft SQL Server
    and then click
    SQL Server Configuration Manager
  2. In the
    SQL Server Configuration Manager
    list of services, select
    SQL Server Services
    , and then locate the instance of SQL Server on which you want to enable FILESTREAM.
  3. Right-click the instance, and then click
  4. In the
    SQL Server Properties
    dialog box, click the
  5. Select the
    Enable FILESTREAM for Transact-SQL access
    and click
    Enable FILESTREAM for file I/O streaming access
    check boxes.
  6. Click
    Apply > OK
  7. Restart the SQL Server database service by selecting the instance of SQL Server and clicking