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Best way to move an encrypted MS SQL2005 database

Dear experts,

Please can you suggest the best way to move an encrypted database / table - MS SQL 2005 from one server to another?

We have moved it once but the user with the cert doesn't seem to be able to login to the db and i think we might be having the same problem as in this thread...


Many thanks....
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try this

--on primary server: backup service master key
backup service master key to file = 'service.key' encryption by password = 'MyPwd';
--on secondary server: restore service master key
restore service master key from file = 'service.key' decryption by password = 'MyPwd';

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