System Backups for RMS

Updated: November 27, 2006

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

Before you set up the infrastructure and install RMS, back up the following components as appropriate:

  • If you will be using an existing SQL Server database to host the configuration and logging databases, back up all databases and server settings. If you are upgrading a previous version of RMS or reinstalling RMS, make sure that you back up the previous configuration and logging databases.

  • Back up the system state of the server where you plan to install RMS. This backup stores the registry keys and values that contain the information that is required to restore the server if needed.

  • For software-based private key protection, the Trust Policies section in the RMS Administration console can be used to back up the RMS private key. However as a best practice, you should back up the entire configuration database, which includes the software-based RMS private key.

  • If you use a hardware security module to secure private key, you should back up its configuration using the methods recommended by the manufacturer.

The backup files should be kept in a secure storage location along with the password used to encrypt the private keys.