Install the SQL Server Connector for Microsoft Azure Key Vault
This is Part:1 of a 4-part blog series:
This blog in the series installs the SQL Server Connector for Microsoft Azure Key Vault. This DLL is the provider that allows SQL Server to talk to Azure Key Vault.
Download the SQL Server Connector from the Microsoft Download Center. (Thedownload/installshouldbe done by a "local administrator" on the SQL Server computer.)
Versions 18.104.22.1680 and older have been replaced and are no longer supported in production environments.
Upgrade to version 22.214.171.124 or later by visiting the Microsoft Download Center
and using the instructions on the SQL Server Connector Maintenance & Troubleshooting
page under "Upgrade of SQL Server Connector."
There is a breaking change in 126.96.36.199 version, in terms of the thumbprint algorithm.
You may experience database restore failure after upgrading to 188.8.131.52 version.
Please refer KB article 447099.
By default, the connector installs at C:\Program Files\SQL Server Connector for Microsoft Azure Key Vault\. This location can be changed during setup. (If changed, adjust the scripts as appropriate.)
There is no interface for the Connector, but if it is installed successfully, the Microsoft.AzureKeyVaultService.EKM.dll file is installed on the machine.
This is the cryptographic EKM provider DLL that needs to be registered with SQL Server by using the CREATE CRYPTOGRAPHIC PROVIDER statement.
The SQL Server Connector installation also allows you to optionally download sample scripts for SQL Server encryption.
You can validate by navigating to the installation path, right-click on the file, select "properties", select the Details tab and validate the Product version as: 1.0.50.
To view error code explanations, configuration settings, or maintenance tasks for SQL Server Connector, visit the appendix at the bottom of this topic: