Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) is an information protection technology that helps safeguard digital information from unauthorized use. Through your rights-enabled application, content owners will be able to define who can open, modify, print, forward, or take other actions with the content.


AD RMS consists of both server and client components. The server components include multiple web services that run on a Windows Server such as Windows Server 2008 R2 or via the cloud through RMS web services in Azure. The client component can be run on either a client or server operating system and contains functions that enable an application to encrypt and decrypt content, retrieve templates and revocation lists, acquire licenses and certificates from a server, and other related rights management tasks.

For more information, see Application types.

The following are just a few of the scenarios to which applications built on the Active Directory Rights Management Services SDK 2.1 can be applied.

  • A law firm wants to prevent sensitive email messages from being printed or forwarded.
  • The developers of computer-aided design and manufacturing software want to limit drawing access to a small group of users within the research division without requiring the use of passwords.
  • The owners of a graphic design website want to use a single license that allows free viewing of low-resolution copies of their images but requires payment for access to the high-resolution versions.
  • The owners of an online document library want to enable rights to view, print, or edit documents based on the identity of the user.
  • A corporation wants to publish sensitive employee information to an internal website that restricts viewing and editing privileges to certain users.

For more information on AD RMS server, AD RMS client and their functionality, see the TechNet content for IT Pro documentation for AD RMS.

To get started see, Getting started.

Related topics

AD RMS Concepts
Differences between AD RMS and AD RMS 2.1
Getting started
IT Pro documentation for AD RMS



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