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DROP MASTER KEY (Transact-SQL)

Removes the master key from the current database.

Applies to: SQL Server (SQL Server 2008 through current version).

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DROP MASTER KEY

This statement takes no arguments.

The drop will fail if any private key in the database is protected by the master key.

Requires CONTROL permission on the database.

The following example removes the master key for the AdventureWorks2012 database.

USE AdventureWorks2012;
DROP MASTER KEY;
GO
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