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Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services with Service Pack 2

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  • Version: 1.0
  • Category: Service Pack
  • Language: English

Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) 1.0 Service Pack 2 (SP2) provides the platform for an organizational rights policy management system.

  • Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) 1.0 Service with Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Windows Server 2003, a security service for Windows Server 2003, is information protection that works with RMS-enabled applications to help safeguard digital information from unauthorized use – both online and offline, inside and outside of the firewall. For more information about RMS SP2, please go to

    Since this server component is provided as a premium service for Windows Server 2003, a Windows RMS Client Access License (CAL) is required for each user publishing and/or consuming Rights Management Services (RMS)-protected content. However, up to two users may simultaneously access or use RMS solely for administration of the software without a CAL. For more details on licensing requirements, please review the End User License Agreement when downloading this premium service.

    Although RMS is designed for and tested with database servers running SQL Server 2000 and MSDE, and Microsoft does not support the usage of RMS together with a database provider other than either SQL Server 2000, SQL Server 2005 or MSDE, RMS can be run on other database servers that use the ADO.NET interfaces that are provided by the Microsoft .NET Framework. Therefore, other database vendors may have developed compatible database providers for RMS. You may use any database provider together with RMS on the condition that the corresponding database server complies with the following criteria:

    • The database server must be Transact-SQL compliant because RMS initialization scripts and RMS stored procedures use Transact-SQL.

    • The database server must support any Microsoft SQL Server-specific extensions.

    The database provider must be able to:

    • Respond to method calls of the System.Data.SqlClient namespace of the .NET Framework.

    • Provide the corresponding functionality of the System.Data.SqlClient namespace.

    • Use Windows Integrated Authentication instead of SQL authentication.

    If you use RMS in any other configuration, contact the relevant database vendor or solution provider whose database provider you are using in your customized deployment.
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System Requirements

Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 Itanium-based editions, Windows Server 2003 x64 editions

  • The following are the hardware requirements for RMS:

    • 800 megahertz (MHz) or higher processor

    • 256 megabytes (MB) RAM

    • 20 gigabytes (GB) disk space

    • Network interface card

    The following are the software requirements for RMS:

    • Windows Server 2003

    • NTFS Files system

    • Message Queuing (also known as MSMQ)

    • Internet Information Services 6.0 (with ASP.NET enabled)

    • Active Directory

    • Database server, such as SQL Server or MSDE

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