Setting Up a Basic Infrastructure

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

The manner in which you set up your infrastructure depends on the system requirements for the installation of RMS, as well as best practices for setting up your infrastructure. The basic server-side environment required to support RMS is a domain controller, a database server and an RMS server configured as a rootcluster. The following topics provide setup procedures for these components of your infrastructure, as well as supplemental information related to deploying these components.


Deploying RMS requires that the RMS client software is installed on the client computers that will be used with the RMS server. You can download the RMS client from the Microsoft Download Center (

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