Extracting Data from SQL Database BLOB Fields: The BLOB File Extractor

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I started my second Codeplex (now on github) project recently, and did the first release of it last week (I think). Its another really simple utility, that I hope is useful (please let me know if it is, or if you have any feature requests). So what is it?

Over the years working with Dynamics CRM and various CMS systems including SharePoint, I have found occasions when its useful to extract a BLOB file directly from the database to disk. This could be for a number of reasons – the site is down, its actually from a database backup, or for n number of random occurences. Whenever I’ve encountered this I’ve always just span up a bit of code to get the field and write it to file. So all I’ve done is wrap up this code into a simple utility that can be used by anybody – without the need to compile code: SQL BLOB File Extractor: https://github.com/mattwhetton/SqlBlobExtractor/. Its on github, its free and you can have the source code!

Its a bit bare bones at the minute – but I’ll try to get the project updated with some usage instructions soon!

Matt

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