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How to Enable Encrypted Connection to SQL Server

Enable Encrypted Connection to SQL Server

Enabling encrypted connection to SQL Server increases the security of data transmitted across networks between SQL Server instance and SQL clients/applications. Since, encryption demands some additional processing, enabling encryption can downgrade the SQL Server performance. Following article describes how you can enable encrypted connections to SQL Server Database Engine.

Server & Certificate Prerequisites

We will go through the following points to enable encrypted connection with SQL Server :

Provide with (install) a certificate on the server

Providing with a certificate is the process of installing a certificate by importing it into your machine.

Export the server certificate

Configure SQL server to accept encrypted connections

Encrypt a connection from SQL Server Management Studio

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