CRM On-Premises Data Encryption Error–Disable for Testing


I had encountered the following error while trying to update a CRM User’s Business Unit in a Dynamics CRM 2015 On-Premises TEST environment – it prevented me from making any updates to a CRM user:

Data Encryption error – There are encrypted fields in the organization database, but the data encryption feature isn’t activated…


I then received the following error when trying to activate Data Encryption in the TEST environment:

Error – The HTTPS protocol is required for this type of request.


Since this CRM TEST environment does not need HTTPS – here is a way to by-pass this error (NOT recommended for PRODUCTION CRM):

Referencing this article – ran the following SQL to disable SSL Checking for Encryption  via MS SQL Server Management Studio and then perform an IISRESET:

UPDATE [MSCRM_CONFIG].[dbo].[DeploymentProperties]
SET [BitColumn]=1
WHERE ColumnName=’DisableSSLCheckForEncryption’


I then encountered two errors trying to activate Data Encryption:

1. The new encryption key does not meet the strong encryption key requirements – easy fix so instead of the value “test” – I set it to a value that would work



2. Please select an account that is a member of the PrivUserGroup – another easy fix, added PrivUserGroup{GUID} membership to my CRM Login via Active Directory Users Console



Finally success.  Issue solved – I can move on to my testing!




Contact me if you need some Dynamics 365 Sales/CRM or InsideView assistance.

Frank Lee, Dynamics 365 Business Solutions MVP Sales/CRM San Francisco
Workopia, Inc – Maximum User Adoption!

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2 Responses to CRM On-Premises Data Encryption Error–Disable for Testing

  1. J.D says:

    Hi Frank,

    can you share how you disabled data encryption? I can’t find anything on the web.

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