The ability to convert from EBS technology to RBS technology is built into StoragePoint. This provides a degree of future proofing use EBS now and convert to RBS in the future.
The process for converting a profile from EBS to RBS varies slightly depending on the profile type with the content database profile type being the most straightforward to convert.
Please keep in mind the following when considering whether to convert a profile to RBS:
·The conversion from EBS to RBS must be done on the SharePoint 2010 farm BEFORE any upgrade steps to SharePoint 2013 are done.
·RBS requires the Enterprise Edition of SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2. It will not work with SQL Server Standard Edition.
·EBS is fully supported on SharePoint 2010. Microsoft has announced its intention to discontinue EBS in SharePoint 2013. Within StoragePoint there is no functionality difference when using EBS as opposed to RBS.
·RBS supports only content database or Web Application scope profiles. Site collection option is not available when using RBS.
·If upgrading from MOSS/WSS 2007 to SharePoint 2010, it is recommended that you continue to use EBS on both source and target until the upgrade to 2010 has been completed. After the upgrade to 2010 has been completed, check all functionality and make sure the 2010 farm is operating properly. Then, the conversion to using RBS can be performed.