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Question on certificate and asymmetric logins


Question on certificate and asymmetric logins

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c4ntaloop
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Hello all,

I have a classic question (probably for most of you), as I am new to dba. Why do we use certificate or asymmetric types of login?

As far as I know, Windows and SQL server authenticated logins will do fine jobs. In what scenario does one use certificate or asymmetric logins? I can only see one benefit that you can set specific expiry date for certificate logins, but other than that i can not see anything significant. So based on that, why do we need them?

Please your advise, correct me if I am wrong. Thanks.
Perry Whittle
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database mirroring between stand alone servers.
Certs are also used for TDE

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Thanks Perry.

Can certificate actually be used to connect to Server instance via SQL Management Studio? if yes how? I mean for example, SQL server authenticated login needs to enter their username and password, while Windows authenticated logins do not need to. How about certificate?
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