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New in Service Pack 1

Updated: November 30, 2006

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Rights Management Services (RMS) with Service Pack 1 (SP1) provides support for the following features:

  • Enrolling the RMS server without server Internet connectivity. In the previous release, the servers for the RMS cluster needed to be able to connect to the Internet to enroll with the Microsoft Enrollment Service and receive the server licensor certificate. In RMS with SP1, the server licensor certificate must still be requested from the Microsoft Enrollment Service, but it can be requested by using another computer with Internet connectivity and then imported into the RMS cluster after provisioning.

  • Clients are self-activating. In the previous release, the machine certificates and lockboxes for the client computers had to be downloaded from the Microsoft Activation Service. In RMS with SP1, a connection to the Microsoft Activation Service is not required.

  • Support for more client types. In this release, the RMS cluster can be used to support clients on mobile devices and server services. As an RMS cluster administrator, you are able to control whether or not your cluster will provide certification to these clients when they attempt to use your services.

  • Support for multiple language templates. In the previous release, templates were based on the language setting of Internet Explorer. In this release, you can specify on the RMS Administration Web page which language to use to create a template.

  • Support for client authentication using smart cards. In this release, the RMS client can use credentials stored as x.509 certificates on smart cards to authenticate with the RMS cluster to obtain rights account certificates (RACs) and use licenses.

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