Recover TDE Databases in Disaster : Recover Steps for 3 Common Scenarios

Summary: This article discusses 3 common scenarios where you can and cannot recover your TDE-enabled database that using native SQL certificate stored on master database to encrypt the TDE (not using AKV or 3rd-party EKM/HSM). 


In unexpected scenarios, you may encounter challenges in recovering your TDE-enabled databases. For example, you have lost the backup files for your TDE certificate and your master database is corrupted. You only have backup files for a few remaining components of your TDE databases and you need to save your production database immediately.


The key point in successfully restoring a TDE-enabled database is the