Verified and Tested 03/31/2015


This how-to will walk you through the Install Active Directory Rights Management Services in Microsoft Windows Server 2012.

Active Directory Rights Management Services or ADRMS is a feature that allows Active Directory to enable Active Directory to trade information specific software that are compatible with ADRMS. It adds more security to documents and permissions can be added to indicate who can control, execute and update documents.


– A Server with Microsoft Windows Server 2012.  If you do not have a server already, you can visit our Cloud Hosting page and spin a new server up in under 30 seconds.

– Active Directory Installed. If you need to install active directory,  check out “Installing Active Directory in Windows Server 2012.”

Install Active Directory Rights Management Services in Windows Server 2012

Open the Server Manager from the taskbar.

From Server Manager Dashboard, select Add roles and features. This will launch the Roles and Features Wizard allowing for modifications to be performed on the Windows Server 2012 instance.

Select Add roles and features from Server Mananger

Server Manager


Note: If this is the first time that you have entered this wizard, you will get a Before you Begin page. Review it and you can check the Skip this page by default box,  then click Next


Select Role-based or features-based installation from the Installation Type screen and click Next.

Select Role-based or feature-based installation

Installation Type


You will now have Select destination server page. Your server will be selected by default, so you can simply click Next to continue.

Select your server.

Server selection


Under server roles select Active Directory Rights Managment Services

Add role

The Select Server Roles page appears. Select the Active Directory Rights Management Services check box, add features and click Next

Under AD RMS Role Services select Active Directory Rights Management Server and Identity Federation Support.

AD RMS Role Services

Click Next in the Features Screen/ click next in the Active Directory Rights Management Services Screen/ Select any additional Role in the Role Services (I selected all of them just in case I need them later down the road) and click next.

Confirm and install your software.

Confirm and install

Confirm your Installation and click Install.

AD RMS should now be visible in your server manager dashboard.

Verify AD RMS is installed

You can now see that the Active Directory Rights Management Services role is currently installed in your Server Manager Screen.

Congratulations! You have just Installed the Active Directory Rights Management Services in Windows Server 2012. Thank you for following along in this How-To and feel free to check back with us for any new updates.