Windows Server 2008 RMS (Part 2)

by Marin Franković on 31 October, 2008

Hardware and software requirements for AD RMS

To be able to create and consume RMS protected documents when you install AD RMS role to Windows Server 2008, IIS role is also installed. You wil need MS SQL database engine which can be installed on same or remote machine. AD DD is also requirement for AD RMS implementation.

Following table describes minimum and recommended hardware specifications:



One Pentium?4 3?GHz processor or higher

Two Pentium?4 3?GHz processors or higher

512?MB of RAM

1024?MB of RAM

40?GB of free hard disk space

80?GB of free hard disk space

Please consider deploying test environment first, so you can effectively determine capacity needs for your organization. Some roles are not available in Windwos Server 2008 Core and Itanium based systems.

Following table describes software specifications:



Operating system

Windows Server?2008, except for Windows? Web Server?2008

File system

NTFS file system is recommended

Web services

Internet Information Services (IIS).

ASP.NET must be enabled.

Active Directory or Active Directory Domain Services

AD?RMS must be installed in an Active Directory domain in which the domain controllers are running Windows Server?2000 with Service Pack?3 (SP3), Windows Server?2003, or Windows Server?2008. All users and groups who use AD?RMS to acquire licenses and publish content must have an e-mail address configured in Active Directory.

Database server

AD?RMS requires a database server, such as Microsoft SQL Server?2005, and stored procedures to perform operations.


Message Queuing

The AD?RMS-enabled client must have an AD?RMS-enabled browser or application, such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, or PowerPoint in Microsoft Office?2007. In order to create rights-protected content, Microsoft Office?2007 Enterprise, Professional Plus, or Ultimate is required. For additional security, AD?RMS can be integrated with other technologies such as smart cards. Windows?Vista includes the AD?RMS client by default, but other client operating systems must have the RMS client installed. The RMS client with Service Pack?2 (SP2) can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center and works on versions of the client operating system earlier than Windows?Vista and Windows Server?2008.

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