There can be instances when you need to retire an Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) server or remove an existing AD RMS cluster entirely. Before you retire a server, you should back up all AD RMS databases that are used by the server, especially the configuration database.

After you back up the databases, you can remove the server. The requirements for removing an AD RMS server depend on the role of the server and topology of the AD RMS installation:

When you decommission, unprovision, and uninstall an AD RMS server, the server is removed from the ClusterServer table of the configuration database, and the directory services database is deleted from the database server.

This section contains the following procedures: