DROP MASTER KEY (Transact-SQL)

Removes the master key from the current database.

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Syntax
DROP MASTER KEY
Arguments

This statement takes no arguments.

Remarks

The drop will fail if any private key in the database is protected by the master key.

Permissions

Requires CONTROL permission on the database.

Examples

The following example removes the master key for the AdventureWorks2012 database.

USE AdventureWorks2012;
DROP MASTER KEY;
GO