Template Distribution

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

AD RMS templates are used to standardize security policies and keep all information protected according to the latest policy defined. AD RMS rights policy templates provide content authors with an efficient means to implement rights protection of content across the enterprise. Using templates, administrators can restrict rights and conditions for all content that is protected by a policy that is based on groups of users. These options can be distributed throughout the company via several ways. Note that AD RMS offers multiple-language support in a single template, which enables an administrator to create one template that can be used throughout the enterprise.

To ease distribution of rights policy templates, AD RMS introduces a new rights policy template distribution pipeline. This new pipeline allows an AD RMS client to request rights policy templates stored on the AD RMS cluster and store them locally on the client computer. This functionality is available only with AD RMS clients in Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Server 2008.

For AD RMS clients that are not running on Windows Vista with SP1 or Windows Server 2008, you can manually distribute the rights policy templates from a central location to the client. Some distribution methods include using Systems Management Server (SMS) / System Center Configuration Manager, Group Policy, or manually copying the templates to the client computer through scripts.

For additional information on creating rights policy templates see: Configuring Rights Policy Templates (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=153708).

For additional information on setting up rights policy templates see: AD RMS Rights Policy Templates Deployment Step-by-Step Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=153712).