backup encryption questions

jrandall77jrandall77 Posts: 4
edited October 19, 2016 10:06AM in SQL Backup
Perhaps I've missed it, but I'm finding scant documentation on backup encryption. Questions:

1. I'm presuming this encryption is outside the encryption mechanism used by SQL Server. True?
2. What are the requirements and restrictions for the password used to encrypt backups? Is there a maximum password length? Are there restrictions on characters that can be used?
3. When I create a job to restore an encrypted backup, is the password visible in the job step?



  • Hi jrandall77,

    1. Yes, the encryption is separate to any encryption SQL Server would do.
    2. The only characters that can't be used in the password are square brackets, [ ]. There is no documented password length, I have tested with a 75 character password and this worked fine.
    3. Yes, the password is visible. You can edit the job to use a password stored in a plain text field as per this link ... REPASSWORD.

    Please let me know if you have any further questions.
    Kind regards,
    Dan Bainbridge
    Product Support Engineer | Redgate Software
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