Adding AD RMS on Windows Server 2008 R2 with a SQL Server 2012 backend is supported, but a hotfix (KB2619256) must be installed.
The problem is that the hotfix will only install after some of the AD RMS components are installed.
To get around this "Catch 22" situation, you can install using PowerShell.
The below is also a good general example of a PowerShell install and what should be configured.

In the below example, the <drive> parameter is set to RC (for Root Cluster)

Download the hotfix for KB2619256 and place it at c:\deploy

Example (Save as InstallRoot.ps1):

Import-Module ServerManager
 
If (Get-WindowsFeature | Where {$_.Name -eq "ADRMS-Server"} | Where {!($_.installed)}){
    Add-WindowsFeature ADRMS-Server -restart
}
 
#(Install hotfix KB2619256 - it should install after the ADRMS Role was added above)
If (!(Get-Hotfix | Where {$_.hotfixid -eq "KB2619256"}))
{
    Write-Host "`n`n`n`n`n`n`n`nInstall hotfix KB2619256 if needed"
    c:\deploy\Windows6.1-KB2619256-x64.msu
    Write-Host "Pause until hotfix is installed. You may need to restart after hotfix if directed to. (any key to continue)"
    $x = $host.UI.RawUI.ReadKey("NoEcho,IncludeKeyDown")
}
 
Write-Host "`n`n`n`n`n`n`n`nYou will now be prompted to supply the Service Account, then the Cluster Key Password. (any key to continue)"
$x = $host.UI.RawUI.ReadKey("NoEcho,IncludeKeyDown")
 
$svcacct = Get-Credential
$password = Read-Host -AsSecureString -Prompt “ClusterPassword”
 
Write-Host "You will now be prompted to supply the SQL server FQDN, the instance name, the Cluster URL, and the SLC. (any key to continue)"
$x = $host.UI.RawUI.ReadKey("NoEcho,IncludeKeyDown")
 
$sqlserver = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter SQL server FQDN (eg. sql.fabrikam.com)"
$instance = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter SQL server instance name (Press Enter for a default instance)"
 
if ($instance -eq ""){
    $instance = "MSSQLSERVER"
}
 
$clusWeb = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter AD RMS Website name (Press Enter for the default website)"
$clusURL = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter the cluster URL (eg. http://adrms.fabrikam.com/)"
 
if ($clusURL.Split("/")[0] -eq "https:"){
    $clusURL += ":443"
}else{
    $clusURL += ":80"
}
 
$SLC = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter the SLC name (eg. ADRMS)"
$SCP = Read-Host -Prompt "Register SCP: [y] or [n]. Default is [y]"
 
if ($SCP -eq "y"){
    $SCP = $true
}
if ($SCP -eq ""){
    $SCP = $true
}
if ($SCP -eq "n"){
    $SCP = $false
}
 
Import-Module ADRMS
 
New-PSDrive -Name RC -PsProvider AdRmsInstall -Root RootCluster
Set-Location RC:\
Set-ItemProperty -Path RC:\ClusterDatabase -Name UseWindowsInternalDatabase -Value $false
Set-ItemProperty -Path RC:\ClusterDatabase -Name ServerName -Value $sqlserver
Set-ItemProperty -Path RC:\ClusterDatabase -Name InstanceName -Value $instance
Set-ItemProperty -Path RC:\ -Name ServiceAccount -Value $svcacct
Set-ItemProperty -Path RC:\ClusterKey -Name UseCentrallyManaged -Value $true
Set-ItemProperty -Path RC:\ClusterKey -Name CentrallyManagedPassword -Value $password
Set-ItemProperty -Path RC:\ -Name ClusterURL -Value $clusURL
Set-ItemProperty -Path RC:\ -Name SLCName -Value $SLC
Set-ItemProperty -Path RC:\ -Name RegisterSCP -Value $SCP
 
Install-ADRMS -Path RC:\

Open up PowerShell using Run as Administrator.
Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted
Run InstallRoot.ps1

If you are joining additional nodes to the cluster, you can use the code below to perform the join.  Feel free to hard-code the values rather than typing them in during the install.  Note that I have made several assumptions regarding a standard install/join.  Please make sure that you have tested this in your environment before using in production.

Import-Module Servermanager
If (Get-WindowsFeature | Where {$_.Name -eq "ADRMS-Server"} | Where {!($_.installed)})
{
Add-WindowsFeature ADRMS-Server -restart
}
 
 
If (!(Get-Hotfix | Where {$_.hotfixid -eq "KB2619256"}))
{
 
#All the Write-Host lines are to avoid the status banner
Write-Host "`n`n`n`n`n`n`n`nInstall hotfix KB2619256 if needed"
c:\deploy\Windows6.1-KB2619256-x64.msu
Write-Host "Pause until hotfix is installed. You may need to restart after hotfix if directed to. (any key to continue)"
$x = $host.UI.RawUI.ReadKey("NoEcho,IncludeKeyDown")
}
 
Write-Host "`n`n`n`n`n`n`n`nYou will now be prompted to supply the Service Account, then the Cluster Key Password. (any key to continue)"
$x = $host.UI.RawUI.ReadKey("NoEcho,IncludeKeyDown")
 
$svcacct = Get-Credential
$password = Read-Host -AsSecureString -Prompt “ClusterPassword”
 
 
Write-Host "You will now be prompted to supply the SQL server FQDN, the instance name, and the Configuration database name. (any key to continue)"
$x = $host.UI.RawUI.ReadKey("NoEcho,IncludeKeyDown")
 
$sqlserver = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter SQL server FQDN (eg. sql.fabrikam.com)"
 
$instance = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter SQL server instance name (Press Enter for a default instance)"
 
$configdb = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter Config database name (eg. DRMS_Config_adrms_fabrikam_com_80)"
 
if ($instance -eq "")
{
   $connstr="data source=$sqlserver;integrated security=SSPI;persist security info=False;packet size=4096;database=$configdb"
}else{
   $connstr="data source=$sqlserver\$instance;integrated security=SSPI;persist security info=False;packet size=4096;database=$configdb"
}
 
#---AdRmsFileVersion Check----
 
$connstr="data source=$sqlserver;integrated security=SSPI;persist security info=False;packet size=4096;database=$configdb"
$sqlConnection = New-Object System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection
$sqlCommand = New-Object System.Data.SqlClient.SqlCommand
$sqlConnection.ConnectionString = $connStr
$sqlConnection.Open()
 
$sqlCommand.CommandText = "SELECT * FROM dbo.drms_clusterpolicies"
$sqlCommand.Connection = $sqlConnection
$da = New-Object System.Data.SqlClient.SqlDataAdapter
$da.SelectCommand = $sqlCommand
$dt = New-Object System.Data.DataTable
$da.fill($dt) | Out-null
$FileVersion = $dt | Where{$_.PolicyName -eq "AdRmsFileVersion"} | Select PolicyData
 
if (!($FileVersion.PolicyData -eq "6.1.7601.17514"))
{
    $cmd = $sqlConnection.CreateCommand()
    $cmd.CommandText ="UPDATE DRMS_ClusterPolicies set PolicyData = '6.1.7601.17514' Where PolicyName = 'AdRmsFileVersion'"
    $cmd.ExecuteNonQuery()
}
$sqlConnection.Close()
 
#---/AdRmsFileVersion Check----
 
 
Write-Host "`n`n`n`n`n`n`n`n"
 
 
Import-Module ADRMS
 
New-PSDrive -PSProvider ADRMSInstall -Name CM -Root JoinCluster -Scope global
Set-Location CM:
 
#Configure Database
Set-ItemProperty -Path CM:\ClusterDatabase -Name UseWindowsInternalDatabase -Value $false
 
Write-Host "Set ServerName and Instance"
Set-ItemProperty -Path CM:\ClusterDatabase -Name ServerName -Value $sqlserver\$instance
 
Write-Host "Set Config Database"
Set-ItemProperty -Path CM:\ClusterDatabase -Name DatabaseName -Value $configdb
 
#Configure Service Account
Set-ItemProperty -Path CM:\ -Name ServiceAccount -Value $svcacct
 
#Setting Cluster Password
Set-ItemProperty -Path CM:\ClusterKey -Name CentrallyManagedPassword -Value $password
get-location
 
Install-ADRMS -Path CM:\
Write-Host "End of install script"

 


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