Back up the AD RMS configuration database

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2

The AD RMS configuration database stores all the configuration information for the AD RMS cluster as well as the private key that signs all rights-protected content. It is important to back up this database before moving to Windows Server 2008 R2.

To back up the configuration database

  1. Log on to the server hosting the AD RMS configuration database with a user account that is a member of the System Administrators database role.

  2. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft SQL Server, and then click SQL Server Management Studio.

  3. When the Connect to Server window appears, ensure that the server hosting the AD RMS configuration database is in the Server name box, and then click Connect.

  4. Expand Databases.

  5. Right-click the AD RMS configuration database, point to Tasks, and then click Back Up. The default AD RMS configuration database name is in the form of DRMS_Config_<RMS_cluster_URL>_80, where RMS_cluster_URL is the URL of the AD RMS cluster.

  6. Click OK and then click OK again.