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  • HiAll,

    I'm new to RMS and I've been tasked to upgrade our RMS but not sure where to start. It is installed on 2003 SP2 virtual server. RMS version 1.0 with SP2. Could someone help me out? Thinking of building a new MS 2008 server and migrate data from old RMS server.

    Is RMS different from AD-RMS? What is the latest version of RMS?

    Thanks in advance.

    Hubble

    Monday, February 4, 2013 6:23 PM

Answers

  • Hi Hubble -

    The latest version of RMS is the one that shipped with Windows Server 2012.  Basically, all new versions of Windows Server (including WS2008R2) include updates to AD RMS functionality.  Here are a couple of links to articles that describe what is new in AD RMS in Windows Server 2012 and in Windows Server 2008:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831554.aspx

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771307(v=ws.10).aspx

    In terms of upgrading from RMS v1, the following article is a good guide to walk you through the process: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754277(v=ws.10).aspx.  If you are using a separate SQL server for the AD RMS database (as opposed to using WID), you can provision a new AD RMS server, join it to your AD RMS cluster, and then remove RMS on the WS2003 server.  All the configuration data for your cluster is stored in the database, so you don't need to migrate it.  Just make sure to perform the backup steps before starting the process.

    I hope that helps!

    Micah

    Monday, February 25, 2013 7:04 PM

All replies

  • Hi Hubble -

    The latest version of RMS is the one that shipped with Windows Server 2012.  Basically, all new versions of Windows Server (including WS2008R2) include updates to AD RMS functionality.  Here are a couple of links to articles that describe what is new in AD RMS in Windows Server 2012 and in Windows Server 2008:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831554.aspx

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771307(v=ws.10).aspx

    In terms of upgrading from RMS v1, the following article is a good guide to walk you through the process: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754277(v=ws.10).aspx.  If you are using a separate SQL server for the AD RMS database (as opposed to using WID), you can provision a new AD RMS server, join it to your AD RMS cluster, and then remove RMS on the WS2003 server.  All the configuration data for your cluster is stored in the database, so you don't need to migrate it.  Just make sure to perform the backup steps before starting the process.

    I hope that helps!

    Micah

    Monday, February 25, 2013 7:04 PM
  • Hi Micah,

    Thanks much for all the information.

    I'm getting "Server Error in '/' Application" when I try http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754277(v=ws.10).aspx. 


    Monday, March 11, 2013 1:33 PM
  • Try the following link.  It's one of the sub pages on the topic.  Failing that, search for "RMS to AD RMS Migration and Upgrade Guide" and select the first TechNet article that pops up

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc755041(v=ws.10).aspx

    I hope that helps,

    Micah LaNasa

    Synergy Advisors

    synergyadvisors.biz

    @SynergySec

    Monday, March 11, 2013 4:48 PM
  • Thanks Micah.

    Articles cover a lot about RMS cluster. However, we're not using cluster, I only have one RMS server. Being new to RMS, I feel like it'd be better to start fresh and just deploy new AD-RMS. To be honest, I don't think our users are using RMS at all. I didn't set it up and not sure how much it's being utilized. All I know is how to renew licensor certificate, that's it. And that it only has web interface console. Is there a way to know the clients that actually used or using it? I'd like to shutdown the server just to see who will scream.

    Thanks again and I apologize I have so many questions. I'm doing my research, just thought it'd be better to hear from expert like you.

    Friday, March 15, 2013 3:30 PM
  • A quick note on terminology, an RMS cluster is more like an instance of RMS.  All servers in a cluster use the same URL, database, configuration settings, etc.  You can have a cluster of one RMS server.

    Regarding RMS usage, RMS has some built-in reports that are accessible via the web interface, though I think in WRMS the only available report is one that tracks the number of RACs issued.  Here's an article for more info: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc720277(v=ws.10).aspx.  If a user has obtained an RAC, you know that user has used RMS at least once.

    RMS logs transaction data to the database, so if you are familiar with SQL Reporting, you can create a report to see how many use licenses have been issued.  This will tell you how many times users have opened protected documents.  Here's some info about the database tables: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc747620(v=ws.10).aspx.  Additionally, there is a video series about creating custom reports in SQL with AD RMS, that might be helpful.  Here's the first video in the series: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/video/reports-and-logging-in-the-ad-rms-console.aspx

    I hope that helps,

     

    Micah LaNasa (Synergy Advisors)

    synergyadvisors.biz

    @SynergySec

    Friday, March 15, 2013 5:52 PM
  • Micah, thank you so much for your response. I'm getting Server Error in '/' Application error when I click links below (except for the video).
    Monday, March 18, 2013 12:31 PM