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Reviewing Always Encrypted Queries with Extended Events

Matthew McGiffen takes a look:

In previous posts we’ve looked at a number of aspects of Always Encrypted and how it works. I think it’s very useful to understand how it actually works in practice, so in this post we’re going to look at what happens in the background when you execute a query.

I’m continuing on from the examples in the last few posts on this subject. So if you want to repeat the examples for yourself you’ll need to have followed steps from Setting Up Always Encrypted and Executing Queries Using Always Encrypted.

Read on to see what actually happens when you perform a simple INSERT or SELECT operation and there are Always Encrypted columns involved.