DROP CERTIFICATE (Transact-SQL)

Applies to: yesSQL Server (all supported versions) YesAzure SQL Database YesAzure SQL Managed Instance yesAzure Synapse Analytics

Removes a certificate from the database.

Important

A backup of the certificate used for database encryption should be retained even if the encryption is no longer enabled on a database. Even though the database is not encrypted anymore, parts of the transaction log may still remain protected, and the certificate may be needed for some operations until the full backup of the database is performed. The certificate is also needed to be able to restore from the backups created at the time the database was encrypted.

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions

This syntax is not supported by serverless SQL pool in Azure Synapse Analytics.

Syntax

DROP CERTIFICATE certificate_name  

Note

To view Transact-SQL syntax for SQL Server 2014 and earlier, see Previous versions documentation.

Arguments

certificate_name
Is the unique name by which the certificate is known in the database.

Remarks

Certificates can only be dropped if no entities are associated with them.

Permissions

Requires CONTROL permission on the certificate.

Examples

The following example drops the certificate Shipping04 from the AdventureWorks database.

USE AdventureWorks2012;  
DROP CERTIFICATE Shipping04;  

Examples: Analytics Platform System (PDW)

The following example drops the certificate Shipping04.

USE master;  
DROP CERTIFICATE Shipping04;  

See Also

BACKUP CERTIFICATE (Transact-SQL)
CREATE CERTIFICATE (Transact-SQL)
ALTER CERTIFICATE (Transact-SQL)
Encryption Hierarchy
EVENTDATA (Transact-SQL)