KB4561915 - Improvement: MAXTRANSFERSIZE no longer required to enable backup compression on TDE encrypted databases

Applies to: SQL Server 2019 on WindowsSQL Server 2019 on Linux


Starting with SQL Server 2019 Cumulative Update 5 (CU5), setting MAXTRANSFERSIZE largerthan 64KB is no longer required to enable theoptimized compression algorithm with Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) encrypted databases. If the backupcommand is specified WITH COMPRESSION or the backup compression default server configuration isset to 1, MAXTRANSFERSIZE willautomatically be increased to 128K to enable the optimized algorithm. If MAXTRANSFERSIZE is specified on the backup command with a value > 64K, theprovided value will be honored. In other words, SQL Server will neverautomatically decrease the value, it will only increase it. If you need to backup a TDE encrypted database with MAXTRANSFERSIZE = 65536, you must specify WITH NO_COMPRESSION or make sure that the backup compression default serverconfiguration is set to 0.


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