thumbprint referenced in RESTORE FAILURE (SQL 2012)

When trying to do a restore, it fails this way:
Cannot find server certificate with thumbprint 'bigUIDnumber'..
But when I do a select * from sys.certificates, I don't see any thumbprint that matches it.

What could be the thumbprint that is being referenced in the failure message?
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Deepak ChauhanSQL Server DBACommented:
Is it TDE encrypted database? In this case you have to copy the cretificate and private master key to destination server. Which you use while enabling Transparent data encryption.
25112Author Commented:
yes, TDE encrypted database.

but if you have to restore it to the same server, is this an issue?

but the thumbprint referenced is not in sys.certificates?
Deepak ChauhanSQL Server DBACommented:
On the same server, NO Issue.

This is like a fingerprint and hash itself, used as an abbreviated form of the public key certificate.

@but the thumbprint referenced is not in sys.certificates?
Its referenced, you can see it in sys.certificates table , just third last column.

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