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Starting with SQL Server 2019 Cumulative Update 5 (CU5), setting MAXTRANSFERSIZE larger than 64KB is no longer required to enable the optimized compression algorithm with Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) encrypted databases. If the backup command is specified WITH COMPRESSION or the backup compression default server configuration is set to 1, MAXTRANSFERSIZE will automatically be increased to 128K to enable the optimized algorithm. If MAXTRANSFERSIZE is specified on the backup command with a value > 64K, the provided value will be honored. In other words, SQL Server will never automatically decrease the value, it will only increase it. If you need to back up a TDE encrypted database with MAXTRANSFERSIZE = 65536, you must specify WITH NO_COMPRESSION or make sure that the backup compression default server configuration is set to 0.


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This improvement is included in the following cumulative update for SQL Server:

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