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Disable RBS on SharePoint 2013 content databases

Published: July 16, 2012

Summary: Learn how to disable Remote BLOB Storage (RBS) on any SharePoint 2013 content database.

Applies to:  SharePoint Server 2013 | SharePoint Foundation 2013 

You can disable Remote BLOB Storage (RBS) on any content database. After you disable RBS on a content database, binary large objects (BLOBs) are stored inline in SQL Server for all subsequent writes to the content database. This article describes how to disable RBS on a content database.

You can disable RBS on a content database by setting the active provider name to the empty string in Windows PowerShell. Each content database has a RemoteBlobStorageSettings property that can be used to invoke the SetActiveProviderName method.

This action does not change the storage location of any BLOBs that have previously been stored in RBS or inline storage. Disabling RBS does not uninstall RBS. We do not recommend that you uninstall RBS.

Important Important:

The steps in this article apply to both SharePoint Foundation 2013 and SharePoint Server 2013, except for the Upgrade service application databases section, which applies only to SharePoint Server 2013.

Before you begin

note Note:

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Before you begin this operation, review the following information about prerequisites:

Disable RBS for a content database

This operation can be performed on any Web server in the farm. You only have to perform the operation one time on one Web server for each content database for which you want to disable RBS.

Caution Caution:

Do not use the Disable() method on the RemoteBlobStorageSettings object. This method is used only to uninstall RBS, and we do not recommend that you just disable the writing of new BLOBs into RBS.

You must use Windows PowerShell 3.0 cmdlets to disable RBS. There is no user interface option for this task.

To disable RBS by using Windows PowerShell

  1. Verify that you meet the following minimum requirements: See Add-SPShellAdmin.

  2. Start the SharePoint 2013 Management Shell.

    • For Windows Server 2008 R2:

      • On the Start menu, click All Programs, click Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Products, and then click SharePoint 2013 Management Shell.

    • For Windows Server 2012:

      1. On the Start screen, click SharePoint 2013 Management Shell.

        If SharePoint 2013 Management Shell is not on the Start screen:

      2. Right-click Computer, click All apps, and then click SharePoint 2013 Management Shell.

    For more information about how to interact with Windows Server 2012, see Common Management Tasks and Navigation in Windows Server 2012.

  3. At the Windows PowerShell command prompt, type the following commands:

    $site=Get-SPSite "<http://yourSiteURL>"
    $rbss=$site.ContentDatabase.RemoteBlobStorageSettings
    $rbss.SetActiveProviderName("")
    

    Where <http://yourSiteURL> is the Web application that is attached to the content database that is being disabled for RBS.

    For more information, see Get-SPSite.

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