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I tried to following this link to convert a .pfx file to the .cer and .pvk file pair.

When I run this command:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\PVKConverter\PVKConverter.exe" -i TDE_Cert.pfx -o Out_Cert -d mydecryptpassw

It does not produce any file, nor does it give any error. Could someone help?

I actually had the above command wrapped inside a .bat file. This .bat file and the .pfx are both in the same directory. I uninstalled the x86 install and re-installed the x64 version thinking I should be running the x64 version on my Win7 Prof SP1 machine. Same issue. When I deliberately misspelled the password or even omit it, no errors. Nothing! I don't know what's going on.

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Finally got this to work. A couple of issues.

  1. I had to shell out to the command prompt "as administrator"
  2. had to install "Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012".

Here's the weird part. If I run "pvkconverter.exe' with the -d option, it gives me an error saying it requires a decryption password. If omit the "-d" option, it generates the "PVK/DER certificate pairs" which i can see my .cer and .pvk files now. I got my files now but not sure if they are legit.

I guess the ONLY definitive way to find out if the .cer and .pvk files are valid is to run them on SQL Server.

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Comparing the documentation example and your supplied example code, you're not supplying an encryption password (-e switch).

Without this, the tool cannot encrypt the new private key file with a password, which SQL requires to decrypt it later when creating the certificate. I'm guessing the tool simply doesn't produce the files in this instance. Try adding a password to encrypt the files and see if that helps.

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