Specifying the Location of Rights Policy Templates

Updated: October 22, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1

With Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2, Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) clients can automatically obtain rights policy templates from an AD RMS cluster and keep them up-to-date through an automated scheduled task. For more information about creating this scheduled task, see AD RMS Rights Policy Templates Deployment Step-by-Step Guide. However, you may need to continue exporting templates to a folder in order to distribute them manually to clients not running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2. The location you specify by using the following procedure creates a point from which you can distribute the templates to client computers.


Only distributed rights policy templates are stored in the shared folder. If you are using archived rights policy templates, you must change them to distributed rights policy templates before they can appear in the shared folder.

If you are using Microsoft Office 2003 or later as your AD RMS-enabled application, the location where Microsoft Office applications look for the rights policy templates is controlled by the AdminTemplatePath registry key. This registry entry should be configured to point to a local folder where the rights policy templates are stored. For more information about deploying rights policy templates, see AD RMS Rights Policy Templates Deployment Step-by-Step Guide.

Membership in the local AD RMS Enterprise Administrators, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

To specify the location of rights policy templates

  1. Create a shared folder that can be accessed by the AD RMS cluster and AD RMS clients.

  2. At the Windows PowerShell command prompt, type:

    Set-ItemProperty -Path <drive>:\RightsPolicyTemplate -Name PublishUNCFilePath -Value <UNC_path>

    where <drive> is the name of the Windows PowerShell drive, and <UNC_path> is the location of the shared folder created in the previous step. The path must be specified in the form \\<server_name>\<share_name>.

See Also


Using Windows PowerShell to Administer AD RMS
Understanding the AD RMS Administration Provider Namespace
Configuring Rights Policy Templates

Other Resources

Understanding Rights Policy Templates
Understanding Rights Enforcement