AD RMS Architecture Design and Secure Collaboration Scenarios

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) is an information protection technology that works with enabled applications to help safeguard digital information from unauthorized use. Content owners can define exactly how a recipient can use information; this use includes the ability to open, modify, print, or forward the information.

AD RMS can be implemented to provide a comprehensive information-protection platform in complex business environments. Additionally, it can be effectively implemented to protect information shared among multiple organizations.

The following topics describe some common architectures used for deploying AD RMS. They also include discussions related to scalability, high availability, ubiquitous access and information sharing between organizations. If you would like to read a more about various AD RMS infrastructure configurations, see AD RMS Performance and Logging Best Practices.