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Checklist: Preparing to migrate or upgrade the AD RMS cluster

Updated: October 28, 2013

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2

Before starting a migration or upgrade, complete all the tasks in this checklist in the order in which they are presented to prepare your infrastructure for AD RMS on Windows Server 2008 R2.

Checklist Checklist: Preparing to migrate or upgrade the AD RMS cluster


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To prevent loss of AD RMS data if you should need to roll back the migration or upgrade, be sure to back up the AD RMS configuration database.

Conceptual topic Back up the AD RMS configuration database


Before migrating or upgrading an AD RMS cluster, export the server licensor certificate (SLC). The SLC can be stored in either the AD RMS configuration database or a hardware security module.

Conceptual topic Export the server licensor certificate


If you are using a software-based CSP to protect your AD RMS private key, you must export the key container and install it on the new computer.

Conceptual topic Export and install a software-based CSP key

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