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Overview of Active Directory
Rights Management Services
with Windows Server 2008 R2

This online course provides students with the basic knowledge, architecture and deployment of Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS).

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand how RMS technology has evolved on the Windows platform and why it is important for organizations to deploy.
  • Install and configure AD RMS server
  • Describe AD RMS client software and its requirements
  • Understand how AD RMS integrates with server-side applications like Microsoft SharePoint Server and Microsoft Exchange Server.

Learning Resources

Updated: June 2014

Step 1

Why Rights Management?

This module provides an overview of Microsoft Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS). The overview describes how the product works, the business reasons for using AD RMS, and the technology that you use to deploy an AD RMS environment.

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand how RMS technology has evolved on the Windows platform
  • Explain the business reasons for using AD RMS.
  • Explain the features AD RMS provides.
  • Identify the advantages and limitations inherent in AD RMS.
  • Describe how AD RMS works with public key technology.
  • Describe how AD RMS works.
Step 2

AD RMS Architecture, Installation, and Provisioning

This module covers the basic architecture and concepts of AD RMS. Most of the concepts introduced in this module will be covered in more detail in other modules later in the course. The student will also learn the procedure for deploying AD RMS servers, as well as the permissions required for the accounts that are used in the deployment and management of AD RMS.

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe how AD RMS works.
  • Identify the major components of AD RMS.
  • Describe the types of licenses used in the AD RMS process.
  • Describe the client-side software and applications required for AD RMS.
  • Identify the AD RMS server hardware and software requirements.
  • Install and provision an AD RMS server.
  • Configure the AD RMS service connection point.
Step 3

Active Directory Rights Management Clients and Information Rights Management on Desktop Applications

This module begins by describing the AD RMS client software, its requirements, and how to deploy it. Next, the module identifies the rights management components on client machines and the bootstrapping process the AD RMS client performs for each user. The module then discusses how Information Rights Management (IRM) is provided in the Microsoft® Office system, the XPS format, Window Mobile® 6.0, and read-only access in Windows® Internet Explorer®. The module ends with a discussion of registry keys in AD RMS.

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe AD RMS client software and its requirements.
  • Deploy the Windows RMS client software in legacy clients.
  • Identify the AD RMS components that are installed on client machines.
  • Explain how IRM works in Microsoft Office products.
  • Describe how the XPS format uses IRM, and how XPS can be used in conjunction with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Explain how the Rights Management add-on for Internet Explorer enables users to view restricted files.
Step 4

Rights Policy Templates and the Super Users Group

This module provides an introduction to rights policy templates and the concepts regarding protecting and consuming content that is protected by templates. These templates are used to standardize security policies and protect information according to the latest policy.

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the features offered in rights policy templates.
  • Identify template distribution features in AD RMS.
  • Describe the processes for protecting and consuming content protected by rights policy templates.
  • Define rights policy templates.
  • Assign users and groups to rights policy templates.
  • Specify expiration policies in rights policy templates.
  • Explain how to retire and back up rights policy templates.
Step 5

Information Rights Management on Server Applications

This module shows how AD RMS integrates with server-side applications, that use AD RMS to automatically protect and license content. This module covers the following server products:

  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007
  • Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010
  • AD RMS Bulk Protection Tool + FCI
  • MOSS IRM

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe how MOSS works with AD RMS to protect documents stored in MOSS document libraries.
  • Identify MOSS functionality.
  • Describe MOSS’s logical and physical architecture.
  • Describe how IRM works with MOSS to provide information protection.
  • Exchange Server 2010
  • Explain the new features provided in Exchange 2010 around AD RMS.
  • AD RMS Bulk Protection Tool + FCI
  • Describe how AD RMS Bulk Protection Tool can be used.
  • Describe how FCI can be used.
Step 6

Managing Trust

This module discusses the trust architecture in AD RMS, how trusted user domains operate, and the types of trusts that are available—including Active Directory Federation Services (FS).

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the core trust architecture in AD RMS.
  • Describe Trusted User Domains and how they work.
  • Explain when Trusted Publishing Domains are used and how they work.
  • Describe the Active Directory Federation Service and how it works with AD RMS.
  • Describe Windows Live™ ID and how it works.