I was trying to restore a database in SQL Server 2014 and got the error: Restore failed… FILESTREAM feature is disabled. It was annoying because I was able to restore another database no problem, but this particular one I couldn’t restore.
After much Googling, I figured out how to enable the file stream. There are two steps:
Open SQL Configuration Manager, click on SQL Server Services on the left hand pane, and then right-click SQL Server on the right hand pane. Select properties. On the FILESTREAM tab, check off all three options. OK out of the dialog and restart SQL Server. (Right-click and select restart).
Run the following in SQL Management Studio:
EXEC sp_configure filestream_access_level, 2
After that, I was able to restore the database.