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DROP MASTER KEY (Transact-SQL)

Applies To: SQL Server 2014, SQL Server 2016 Preview

Topic Status: Some information in this topic is preview and subject to change in future releases. Preview information describes new features or changes to existing features in Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2).

Removes the master key from the current database.

Applies to: SQL Server (SQL Server 2008 through current version), Azure SQL Data Warehouse Public Preview.

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions

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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