To Specify the Location of Rights Policy Templates

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

To perform this procedure, you must be logged on locally to the administration Web site with a domain user account that is a member of the Administrators group. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

If you store rights policy templates on a shared folder and then change the location of the shared folder, you must manually copy the rights policy templates from the former location to the new one.

Rights policy templates are also stored in the configuration database. For more information about the distribution of rights policy templates, see "Distributing Rights Policy Templates" earlier in this subject.

If you are using Microsoft Office 2003 or Microsoft Office 2007 as your RMS-enabled application, the location of the rights policy templates is controlled by the AdminTemplatePath registry key and the RMS client will attempt to locate templates in the location specified in the registry key rather than any other location. For Office 2003, this registry key is located at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Common\DRM. For Office 2007, the registry location is HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Common\DRM.

Specifying the Location of Rights Policy Templates

To Specify the Location of Rights Policy Templates

  1. Log on to the computer as a member of the local Administrators group.

  2. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Windows RMS, and then click Windows RMS Administration to open the Global Administration page.

  3. Next to the Web site on which you want to specify the location of rights policy templates, click Administer RMS on this Web site.

  4. In the Administration links area, click Rights policy templates.

  5. In the Template location area, specify the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) of a shared folder on which to store the rights policy templates for this cluster, in the form \\server_name\share_name. The account that is running the Admin application pool must have Write permission on the shared folder. Ensure that your templates are stored in a network-accessible location that meets your organizational security guidelines. Shared folders for templates should not be created in the core folders that are used by RMS, such as the Program Files folder or the IISRoot folders.

  6. Click Save.

  7. After you create rights policy templates and save them to this location, they need to be made available to users. By default, the RMS client for Windows 2000 and Windows XP will look for rights policy templates in the following location on the local computer:

    %HOMEPATH%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\DRM\templates. For Windows Vista®, the location is %HOMEPATH%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\DRM\Templates.


    If you are using Office 2003 or later as your RMS-enabled application, you must set the AdminTemplatePath registry entry, as described earlier in this topic. It is recommended to use the default path so all RMS-enabled applications can take advantage of the rights policy templates.

    The rights policy templates should be copied from the location that is specified in step 3 to this location for all users in your organization who will be using RMS.