Symptoms

Consider the following scenario:

  • You have an instance of Microsoft SQL Server in which the user and temp databases are encrypted.

  • You turn off encryption on the user databases by running the ALTER DATABASE database_name SET ENCRYPTION OFF Transact-SQL command.

  • You restart SQL Server.

In this scenario, you find that the value in the sys.databases.is_encrypted column in the sys.databases dynamic management view is still 1. This is true even though all other databases in this instance of SQL Server are no longer encrypted.

Resolution

Service pack information for SQL Server

This update is fixed in the following Service Packs for SQL Server:

Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2016

Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2014

About service packs for SQL Server:

Service packs are cumulative. Each new service pack contains all the fixes that are in previous service packs, together with any new fixes. Our recommendation is to apply the latest service pack and the latest cumulative update for that service pack. You do not have to install a previous service pack before you install the latest service pack. Use Table 1 in the following article for finding more information about the latest service pack and latest cumulative update.

 How to determine the version, edition and update level of SQL Server and its components

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

References

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