Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

Active Directory Rights Management Services is a very flexible platform for providing controlled and protected sharing of information within organizations. As such, its services can be considered critical to any organization that needs to guarantee access to the protected documents when needed. This means it needs to be implemented in a configuration that provides high availability and scalability. In this paper we attempted to enumerate the criteria for designing solutions that provide those characteristics as necessary.

In today’s high mobility computing environments, permanent access to information is a requirement, and for protected content this implies ubiquitous access to the licensing services. Additionally, sharing protected documents between partner organizations is becoming a normal requirement.

In this paper we presented different capabilities in AD RMS and how those capabilities can be used to provide controlled access from the Internet and from partner organizations and external end users to the protected information. Careful consideration must be given to the tradeoffs and cost of any architecture in order to produce decisions that will comply with all of the needs of each environment and create solutions that meet the needs of the users, the organizations and the IT departments that will manage them.

For more information:

Microsoft TechNet – Active Directory Rights Management Services

TechNet Webcast: Understanding Complex Scenarios and Design Considerations for Enterprise Information Protection (Level 300)

Microsoft TechNet - AD RMS Step-by-Step Guide

Microsoft TechNet - AD RMS with AD FS Identity Federation Step-by-Step Guide

Microsoft TechNet – Establishing Trust Policies