Reviewing Your RMS Design

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

Before you start your deployment, ensure that your RMS deployment plan addresses the following issues:

  • An RMS-enabled client application has been selected and deployment plans are in place.

  • If the operating system on the RMS clients are not Windows Vista®, a method for distributing the RMS client has been determined.

  • A database server is installed and accessible.

  • An RMS topology, either basic or distributed, has been selected.

  • Active Directory is installed on domain controllers running Windows 2000 with Service Pack 3 (SP3) or later, and all users have an e-mail attribute configured. Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1(SP1) is installed with the latest updates. Message Queuing, Internet Information Services and ASP.NET version 1.1 are enabled.

  • Load-balancing and server failover methods are defined.

  • DNS registration is configured for the RMS servers.

  • Backup and recovery plans are in place.

  • Security considerations and policies have been defined and communicated as appropriate.