Rights policy templates can be archived by using the Active Directory Rights Management Services console. Archived templates are not exported to the template export location and are not distributed by the template distribution pipeline. After the client computers refresh their rights policy templates, the archived templates are no longer available to users for publishing new content. At the same time, archived templates allow the server to continue issuing use licenses for content already published against them.


Archived rights policy templates are not exported to the shared templates folder. If you want to export this template, you must change it back to distributed rights policy template.

Membership in the local AD RMS Template Administrators, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

To archive a rights policy template
  1. Open the Active Directory Rights Management Services console and expand the AD RMS cluster.

  2. In the console tree, click Rights Policy Templates.

  3. Select the name of the rights policy template to archive, and then, in the Actions pane, click Archive this Rights Policy Template.

  4. Click Yes to confirm.

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