(This blog post was published on the original RMS team blog in March 2010)

Once you have implemented an AD RMS infrastructure in your organization, end users can create and consume IRM-protected documents and e-mails using AD RMS-aware applications such as Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word.  AD RMS is a server role that makes Information Rights Management (IRM) possible for Microsoft Office applications.  You will see both terms in the following articles and videos, which are aimed at knowledge workers that would like to protect documents and e-mail messages.

These articles will explain how, once you have AD RMS implemented in your organization, you can create and consume protected e-mail messages in Microsoft Outlook 2007:

  • The blog post IRM in Outlook 2007 by the Microsoft Outlook team provides an overview of IRM and a detailed look at how to create and consume protected e-mail messages.
  • The article Introduction to using IRM for e-mail messages provides additional information about how to configure a client computer to use IRM and the file types covered by IRM policies.

You can also use AD RMS in the Microsoft Office 2007 applications Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint.  The following links will show you how to use IRM in Office 2007:

The screencast video Protecting a Word Document with AD RMS demonstrates the steps to create and consume a protected Microsoft Word document using AD RMS.