The database files and the SQL Server instance must be run on the same server. 

If installing the SQL Server Express version included with our software, the Blackbaud Management Console (Blackbaud Management Console) and Express instance will automatically be installed on the same machine.

If using SQL Server Standard or Enterprise Edition, then the database files must reside on the server with the SQL Server instance. The Blackbaud Management Console may be installed on a separate server than the SQL Server Standard or Enterprise instance. The database must be attached to the Blackbaud Management Console using the appropriate SQL Server instance.