End of support for Windows Rights Management Services V1.0

March 23, 2009 will bring a close to support for Windows Rights Management Services V1.0 as part of the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy. Microsoft will retire public and technical support, including security updates, by this date.

As of this date users will no longer be able to activate or re-activate clients, and may be unable to produce or use Rights-Protected content unless they upgrade to a newer version of Windows Rights Management Services Client.  This includes  Windows Rights Management Services Client V1.0 SP2, or the Windows Rights Management Services Client available as part of Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008.  When users attempt to activate Windows Rights Management Services Client V1.0 using Microsoft Office they will receive the following error message “This service is temporarily unavailable.  Ensure that you have connectivity to the server.  This error could be caused because you are offline, your proxy settings are preventing your connection, or you are experiencing intermittent network issues.”  Users attempting to activate via other RMS enabled applications may receive different error messages.

Microsoft is retiring support for this product because it is outdated and can expose customers to security risks.

We recommend that customers who are still running Windows Rights Management Services Client V1.0 upgrade to a newer version as soon as possible.  Windows Rights Management Services Client V1.0 SP2 can be downloaded from the following links.
Windows Rights Management Services Client V1.0 SP2 client (x86)
Windows Rights Management Services Client V1.0 SP2 client (x64)

Windows Rights Management Client V2.0 is also available as part of the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 operating systems.  Information about Windows Vista is available at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/default.aspx.  Information about Windows Server 2008 is available at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008

We recommend that customers who are still running Windows Rights Management Services V1.0 servers upgrade to a newer version such as Windows Rights Management Services with Service Pack 2 as soon as possible.