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Can you still use DBCC PAGE to access data in dropped tables if TDE is turned on?

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Published Wednesday, August 12, 2015 11:59 AM by Rob Farley



SQL Admin said:

TDE is used to encrypt the physical files , enabling encryption will secure the physical files so they cannot be used without specific key ,

So if you attach them in a SQL instance which have the key installed they will be normally accessed , so it's obvious that you can access the pages contents using DBCC Page , however you cannot attach them in a different instance

by the way I might be wrong because I am new DBA , and currently learning

August 17, 2015 4:57 AM

Rob Farley said:

Yup, it's fairly obvious - but it's quite reasonable to expect that it might only decrypt pages that are part of known allocations or something like that. It's good that you found it obvious though.

August 17, 2015 5:19 AM

PhyDataDBA said:

Not surprised DBCC page works like this with TDE.  

TDE is supposed to present data transparently in every way to any authorized connection or process.

I would be more surprised if this did not work with TDE.

August 18, 2015 9:24 AM

Rob Farley said:

Right, but it's not too much of a stretch to wonder if the TDE process might only apply to data that it knows about.

August 18, 2015 5:55 PM
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