RMS Server Command Prompt Installation

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

You can install RMS with Service Pack 2 (SP2) at a command prompt, which allows you to automate the installation. Automating the installation can be done in one of two ways: performing an unattended installation using the downloaded EXE client or using the extracted MSI files from the downloaded EXE to install the RMS client. To install using the downloaded EXE file, use the following syntax:

WindowsRightsManagementServicesSP2-KB917275-Client-ENU.exe -override 1 /I MsDrmClient.msi REBOOT=ReallySuppress /q -override 2 /I RmClientBackCompat.msi REBOOT=ReallySuppress /q

To install using the Windows® Installer (.msi) files, you must first extract the msi files from the RMS with SP2 executable file. The following command can be run from a command prompt to extract the msdrmclient.msi and RmClientBackCompat.msi files:

WindowsRightsManagementServiceSP2-KB917275-Server-ENU.exe /X:C:\ Install_Location

After the .msi files are extracted, you can use the following commands to install RMS:

msiexec.exe /I MSDrmClient.msi /qn ALLUSERS=2 /m MSIDHOG /lei logfile.log DISPLYPAGE="NO" TARGETDIR=c:\ Install_Location

msiexec.exe /I RMClientBackCompat.msi /qn ALLUSERS=2 /m MSIDHOG /lei logfile.log DISPLYPAGE="NO" TARGETDIR=c:\ Install_Location

The following table describes the syntax for each command.

Parameter Definition

/I MSDrmClient.msi or /I RMClientBackCompat.msi

Required. Specifies the product to install.


Optional. Specifies a quiet installation, with no user interactions.

/lei logfile.log

Optional. Specifies the file in which to log both error and status messages.


Optional. Specifies that the Global Administration page will not be displayed after installation.

TARGETDIR=c:\ Install_Location

Optional. Specifies the directory in which to install RMS with Service Pack 2. If you do not specify a location, the default install location is used.


Whichever installation method you choose to implement, you should ensure that both .msi files are successfully installed. If an error occurs that prevents installation of MSDrmClient.msi, RMClientBackCompat.msi should not be installed.