The following steps in this checklist describe the tasks required to deploy an Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) licensing-only cluster.

  1. Assign a secure sockets layer (SSL) certificate to the Web site that will be hosting the AD RMS cluster.

  2. Install and configure the AD RMS licensing-only cluster. A root AD RMS cluster must already be present in the AD DS forest before you can install the licensing-only cluster.

    1. During the installation, choose the Create a new AD RMS cluster option.

    2. Enter the name of the computer that will host the AD RMS licensing-only configuration database and the database instance name.

    3. Select the type of key protection to be used for the licensing-only cluster. If you choose to have AD RMS centrally manage the keys, enter the AD RMS cluster key password. If you are using a cryptographic service provider (CSP) to protect the cluster key, create a new key pair or use an existing key pair.

    4. Enter a service account to be used for the licensing-only cluster.

    5. Choose the appropriate Web site where AD RMS should be installed.

    6. Enter the cluster name to be used for the new licensing-only cluster and type the appropriate port number. By default, the port number is 80 if configuring for HTTP and 443 for configuring HTTPS.

    7. Enter a friendly name for the new AD RMS cluster.

For detailed instructions about setting up a licensing-only AD RMS cluster in a test environment, see Deploying and Active Directory Rights Management Services Licensing-only Cluster Step-by-Step Guide (

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