Detecting the Installed Version of RMS

The following describes about how to detect the presence of the RMS client and server.  Detection may be necessary in certain deployment scenarios where the appropriate action to take depends on whether or not an RMS product is installed. Two detection methods are documented: one using registry keys and another using the MsiEnumRelatedProducts API.  You…


RMS Logging Database – what’s collected?

The RMS server records every license request.  What is recorded? The user account cert (RAC/GIC) The content issuance license (contains an encrypted list of all user/groups that are granted rights and what rights they are granted) The use license issued to the user. (contains an encrypted list of the rights that the user is granted)…


Rights Management Services at TechEd 2005

A few members of the RMS team will be in Orlando this week for TechEd 2005. If you’ll be at TechEd this year, please stop by and meet us! Learn about RMS RMS SP1 Overview and Opportunities – June 9th, 1:30-2:45pm in room N 310 H. Rushmi Malaviarachchi, RMS Program Manager, will speak on RMS,…


Upgrading from SP1 Beta to RTM

This post is to aid RMS SP1 beta customers who would like to migrate their RMS Enterprise Server deployments from the RMS SP1 Beta to the RMS SP1 RTW product.  Technically the ‘upgrade’ itself is not supported and not a true upgrade.  However in order to perform this task and have the ability to preserve…


RMS SP1 Virtual Lab

We’ve just posted the first RMS SP1 hands-on lab to the Microsoft Technet Virtual Labs site (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/virtuallab/). For those of you not familiar with Technet Virtual Labs, these free hands-on labs offer a great, low-overhead way to try out Microsoft technologies (in this case RMS) with hardly any setup or technical infrastructure requirements.  Just a…


P2P RMS using Office 2003 and MS Passport

Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) is a technology that allows critical information to be protected consistently throughout the content lifecycle. Traditionally, information has been protected by restricting access to it. RMS can be considered as an augmenting technology that embeds the access and usage information in the document itself. So no matter where the content…


Comparing RMS to PGP and S/MIME

Over time, customers have asked us how RMS compares to or interoperates with S/MIME or PGP. This post will briefly address this issue without going into too much technical detail.   First, there are some important similarities between these technologies: Every email or document that RMS handles is encrypted with state-of-the-art AES. RMS does not…


SP1 is here…..

The RMS team is proud to announce the release of RMS v1.0 Service Pack 1 earlier this week. Some of the key highlights of this release are: Better Deployment Experience: Admin-less client activation, integrating with SMS, updated deployment guide, new case studies etc. Support for high assurance environment: smart card authentication for certification and licensing,…


Welcome to the Rights Management Services Team Blog!

Welcome to the Rights Management Services Team Blog or RMS Team Blog. We will regularly use the term RMS when we are referring to this Windows Server 2003 Service developed to give companies the ability to add persistent protection to information across the enterprise. A little background on the RMS Team: Microsoft organizes its teams…