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This article on TechNet reads:

RBS can be run on the local server running Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 R2 Express. To run RBS on a remote server, you must be running SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise edition.

Does this mean that I cannot deploy SharePoint in two-tier environment (SharePoint on server1, SQL Server on server2) unless I am using SQL Server Enterprise? Or does it mean that the BLOBs cannot be installed on a remote server (such as a SAN) unless I have SQL Server Enterprise.

What I am looking at is a two server installation with SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard. I need to know if I can use the RBS FileStream provider in this scenario where the data is stored on a SAN. What is meant by "on a remote server" in the article above?

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You only need SQL Enterprise if your BLOB store location is remote to the SQL Server or put another way, somewhere other than where you are storing your content DBs.

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Yeah I'm thinking this is correct, just the wording in the TechNet article is bad, "To run RBS on a remote server..." suggests you're running the FileStream provider (hence the SQL Instance itself) on a server remote from the SharePoint installation. –  James Love Dec 9 '10 at 20:37
    
Gotcha. I thank both of you! –  Rob Wilson Dec 9 '10 at 20:50
    
The SQL EE requirement also applies to 3rd party RBS providers. –  Rob D'Oria Dec 9 '10 at 22:46

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