To upgrade to AD RMS from Rights Management Services (RMS) with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Service Pack 2 (SP2), do the following steps after upgrading the operating system to Windows Server® 2008 R2:

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure, and the user account must be a member of the System Administrators database role, or equivalent, on the database server.

To upgrade to AD RMS
  1. Log on to the server on which you want to upgrade to AD RMS.

  2. Open Server Manager. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.

  3. Expand Roles, and then click Active Directory Rights Management Services.


    An error message might appear when you perform this step. This does not indicate a problem with the upgrade. Click OK to continue.

  4. In the results pane, click Complete Installation of Active Directory Rights Management Services, and then follow the steps in the upgrade wizard to AD RMS.

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