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Symmetric Keys

Symmetric encryption is an encryption process that uses a single key to encrypt and decrypt data. This is considered to be a very fast encryption and decryption process.

 

Note: The object is available only for Microsoft SQL server 2005.

 

 

New symmetric keys are created within Create Symmetric Key Wizard. In order to run the wizard you should either

 

select the Object | Create Database Object... main menu item;
select the Symmetric Key icon in the Create Database Object dialog

or

select the Symmetric Keys list or any object from that list in the explorer tree;
select the Create New Symmetric Key... item from the popup menu

or

open the database in Database Editor and the Symmetric Keys tab there;
press the Insert key or select the Create New Symmetric Key... item from the popup menu (alternatively, you may use the corresponding link of the Navigation Bar).

       

To create a new symmetric key with the same properties as one of the existing symmetric keys has:

 

select the Object | Duplicate Database Object... main menu item;
follow the instructions of Duplicate Object Wizard.

 

 

 

Symmetric keys can be edited within Symmetric Key Editor. In order to run the editor you should either

 

select the symmetric key for editing in the explorer tree (type the first letters of the symmetric key name for quick search);
select the Edit Symmetric Key ... item from the popup menu

or

open the database in Database Editor and the Symmetric Keys tab there;
select the symmetric key to edit;
press the Enter key or select the Edit Symmetric Key item from the popup menu (alternatively, you may use the corresponding link of the Navigation Bar).

 

 

 

To drop a symmetric key:

 

select the symmetric key to drop in the explorer tree;
select the Drop Symmetric Key item from the popup menu

or

open the database in Database Editor and the Symmetric Keys tab there;
select the symmetric key to drop;
press the Delete key or select the Drop Symmetric Key item from the popup menu (alternatively, you may use the corresponding link of the Navigation Bar)

 

and confirm dropping in the dialog window.

 



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