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Hi,
I wonder what is use of this key when we installed sql 2008 ? it seems there in Master db ##MS_ServiceMasterKey##  and for ##MS_DatabaseMasterKey##   is the user db is encrypted ? but I don't think it use for TDE.

name                          principal_id symmetric_key_id key_length  key_algorithm algorithm_desc                                               create_date             modify_date             key_guid                             key_thumbprint                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   provider_type                                                cryptographic_provider_guid          cryptographic_provider_algid
----------------------------- ------------ ---------------- ----------- ------------- ------------------------------------------------------------ ----------------------- ----------------------- ------------------------------------ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------ ------------------------------
##MS_ServiceMasterKey##       1            102              128         D3            TRIPLE_DES                                                   2012-01-07 06:24:00.507 2012-02-09 06:33:59.060 CE72EE2E-F077-4B64-B803-D11FD12E4BC6 NULL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             NULL                                                         NULL                                 NULL

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name                          principal_id symmetric_key_id key_length  key_algorithm algorithm_desc                                               create_date             modify_date             key_guid                             key_thumbprint                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   provider_type                                                cryptographic_provider_guid          cryptographic_provider_algid
----------------------------- ------------ ---------------- ----------- ------------- ------------------------------------------------------------ ----------------------- ----------------------- ------------------------------------ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------ ------------------------------
##MS_DatabaseMasterKey##      1            101              128         D3            TRIPLE_DES                                                   2012-09-18 14:51:21.077 2012-09-18 14:51:21.080 8EAD9200-E2C1-4668-815F-C68F5AAF8ABA NULL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             NULL                                                         NULL                                 NULL

(1 row(s) affected)
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MS_DatabaseMasterKey is used for database encryption and is different for each database.

MS_ServiceMasterKey is a symmetric key  used for saving linked server login passwords , credential secrets etc..

Refer:
http://www.kodyaz.com/articles/sql-server-2005-database-encryption-step-by-step.aspx

http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sqlsecurity/thread/f4d292c0-72d5-4075-adf3-03427542567e/
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so,
when we installed sql 2008 and have the lnked  server, credential saved, we should have this backup, is it correct ?
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