Active directory Rights Management Services

Hi All,

So the need arose in our organization to share some files but prevent them from being copied or printed etc.

After some reading it seems that Active directory Rights Management Services role is the route to go.

I do not have experience in this and need some pointers as to where to install this role and what to look out for. Possibly what impact it will have on my infrastructure.

My network :

2 hardware servers running failover clustering - Exchange and HyperV using this clustering.
I have a few VM's in the cluster having their own functions i.e SQL, WEB, Application etc.

Ad servers : I have 3 AD servers. 1 is on a standalone box. 1 is on the HyperV clustering and 1 is a local hyperV machine.

Thank you
Leroy LuffHead of IT & DIgitalAsked:
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Setting up and configuring AD RMS is a pretty involved process. If you have never worked with it I would highly suggest that you set this up in a lab environment before trying to roll this out in production. The TechNet below is a complete Step-by-Step guide to set this up properly.

Configuring AD RMS

This also provides examples as you go through this process.

Leroy LuffHead of IT & DIgitalAuthor Commented:
Thank you for the guide Will.

I will setup a lab to test.

However I need some more pointers for my production environment.

- Do I need a dedicated VM for this role or can i add it to an existing server.
- I take it it must not be on a server with AD installed?
- is there clustering capabilities that can be utilized for this role.
- Is there any guides on a 2012 environment with a sql 2014 backend
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
It would be recommened that you have your RMS server on its own VM. Also for performance it would be better to also have SQL on a separate server as well for the SQL load.

Yes you can cluster AD RMS however, i suggest you start with a single server/instance for simplicity.

AD RMS Clustering


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Leroy LuffHead of IT & DIgitalAuthor Commented:
Thank you Will
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