Install AD RMS and join computer to existing RMS cluster

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2

A migration from RMS to AD RMS is accomplished by joining a new AD RMS server to the RMS cluster and then migrating or removing the remaining RMS servers.


In order to join an AD RMS server to an existing RMS cluster, the RMS service connection point (SCP) must be registered in Active Directory or Active Directory Domain Services.

To install AD RMS and join the AD RMS server to an existing cluster

  1. Log on to the server that you want to join to the existing RMS cluster with a domain user account that is a member of the local Administrators group on both the RMS server and the database server, and that is a member of the System Administrators database role, or equivalent, on the database server.

  2. Open Server Manager. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.

  3. In the Roles Summary box, click Add Roles.

  4. Read the Before You Begin section, and then click Next.

  5. On the Select Server Roles page, select the Active Directory Rights Management Services box check box.

  6. The Role Services page appears informing you of the AD RMS dependent role services and features. Make sure that Web Server (IIS), Windows Process Activation Service (WPAS), and Message Queuing are listed, and then click Add Required Role Services. Click Next.

  7. Read the AD RMS introduction page, and then click Next.

  8. On the Select Role Services page, verify that the Active Directory Rights Management Server check box is selected, and then click Next.

  9. Select the Join an existing AD RMS cluster option, and then click Next.

  10. Do the following and then click Next:

    1. Click Browse, type the name of the database server, and then click OK.

    2. Choose the appropriate database server instance from the Select or enter database server instance box.

    3. Type the name of the AD RMS configuration database in the Enter database name box.

    4. Click Validate.

  11. If you are using AD RMS to centrally manage the cluster key, confirm that the database is correct, type the cluster key password in the Password and Confirm Password boxes, and then click Next.

  12. Click Specify, type the User name and Password in the appropriate boxes, and then click OK. Click Next.

  13. Select the appropriate Web site, and then click Next.

  14. Read the Introduction to Web Server (IIS) page, and then click Next.

  15. Keep the Web server default check box selections, and then click Next.

  16. Click Install to join this computer to the existing AD RMS cluster. It can take up to 60 minutes to complete the installation.

  17. Click Close.

  18. Log off the server, and then log back on to update the permissions granted to the logged on user account. The user account that is logged on when the AD RMS server role is provisioned is automatically made a member of the AD RMS Enterprise Administrators group.