Setting Up the Pre-production Development Environment

[The AD RMS SDK leveraging functionality exposed by the client in Msdrm.dll is available for use in Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012, and Windows 8. It may be altered or unavailable in subsequent versions. Instead, use Active Directory Rights Management Services SDK 2.1, which leverages functionality exposed by the client in Msipc.dll.]

To publish and consume protected content, an Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) application makes use of several different types of certificates and licenses, each of which consists of a certificate chain that leads back ultimately to a Microsoft certification authority. Microsoft provides the following hierarchies:

  • The Pre-production hierarchy can be used to develop and test applications.
  • The Production hierarchy must be used by released applications.

We recommend that you use the Pre-production hierarchy when developing an application. By doing so, you can work without signing a Production License Agreement with Microsoft. For more information, see Application Licensing Information.

The following topics discuss how to set up your Pre-production development environment. The topics are listed in the order that you should perform the associated tasks.

Related topics

Using the AD RMS SDK