Restoring An Encrypted Master Database

Dave Mason clarifies how to restore the master database to a new instance when the master database backup is encrypted:

This strikes me as an odd chicken-and-egg problem. I’d need to create the certificate to decrypt the [master] backup on the instance I’m restoring [master] to…and the certificate is stored in [master], which I’d be overwriting. As weird as it sounds, this is exactly what needs to happen. Maybe it’s not as complicated as it sounds.

Read on for the solution.  You might also want to check out that one time he met Larry Bird.

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