Retiring Rights Policy Templates

Updated: June 1, 2008

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

To retire a rights policy template, you delete it. This procedure is described in “To Delete a Rights Policy Template” later in this subject. As a best practice, rights policy templates should not be deleted because, even though the rights policy template was deleted from the configuration database and shared folder, the file may still be on the RMS client. If you do want to retire a rights policy template, you should be sure to remove the copies of it that exist on RMS client computers. You should do this because a request comes to the RMS server when an author uses a rights policy template to publish content. RMS uses a copy of the rights policy template that is stored in the database to respond to the request. If the rights policy template does not exist in the database, the request fails.

One way to manage retiring a rights policy template is to create a script that removes the rights policy template from all RMS client computers.