AD RMS Performance and Logging Best Practices

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2


Like any critical technology that’s used in the enterprise, the infrastructure that supports AD RMS must meet the necessary performance requirements for the organization, and be properly implemented, according to the expected load. AD RMS must also be monitored to detect errors, bottlenecks and potential performance problems. The need for adequate logging of operations is essential to provide the necessary information to monitor performance and aid in troubleshooting.

Here we describe the scaling scheme for an AD RMS infrastructure, we define sizing parameters for the server roles in an AD RMS infrastructure, and we describe logging characteristics of AD RMS that enable adequate performance monitoring. We also present real- world data regarding Microsoft’s own production implementation of AD RMS in order to enable you to perform preliminary sizing estimates for your own infrastructure.