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Announcement: Windows Azure RMS Documentation Library Update for January 2014

Announcement: Windows Azure RMS Documentation Library Update for January 2014

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Hi everybody

As per Carol’s introduction post, she's letting you know what's new and hot in the docs for this month.

Reminders: Follow us on twitter (@TheRMSGuy) and join in our our new RMS peer community at www.yammer.com/AskIPTeam.

Cheers, 

   Dan (on behalf of the RMS team)

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The Documentation Library for Windows Azure Rights Management has been updated on the web and the latest content has Updated: January 1, 2014 at the top of the topic.

Summary of the documentation available:

In addition, there are the Rights Management sharing application guides (also applicable to AD RMS):

Because the guides for the sharing application went through a major revamp this month, changes for these are also listed in this post.  And in case you missed them, be sure to check out our fun quiz questions:

We value customer feedback and try to incorporate it when possible.  Although we can't promise to make the docs perfect for everybody, we are committed to continual improvement.  If you have any feedback about the docs for Windows Azure RMS, email AskIPTeam@Microsoft.com.

What's New for the RMS Sharing Application Documentation, January 2014

The Rights Management sharing application administration guide used to be included as a separate section of the user guide, but this month was republished as a separate topic.  We did that to make the instructions for an enterprise installation easier for you to find, as well as removing this and the more technical information from end users.  In addition, the admin guide has the following changes:

  • The enterprise installation instructions are listed first, rather than last.
  • The “Levels of protection” section is renamed “Levels of protection – native and generic” so that customers searching on these terms can more easily find an explanation.
  • The “Supported file types” section is renamed “Supported file types and file name extensions” to help clarify that in some cases, a protected file will have a new file name extension.  This is important, because it might require reconfiguration of firewalls or security software if they are configured to take specific action on files, according to their file name extension. For example, firewalls might block all email attachments unless the file name extension is listed as an exception.
  • The table that lists the file name extensions is updated so that it now lists the original file name extension first, and then the new, RMS-protected file name extension. We thought admins wouldn’t need the description for these well-known file types, and removed this column.
  • For the file types supported by Office, we removed the references and distinctions for the two protector types. Although technically accurate, it’s not relevant to an admin who needs to deploy the sharing application.

The Rights Management sharing application user guide is now split into multiple topics:

  • The initial page has a much shorter introduction and typical examples of how users might want to use the sharing application.
  • The procedural information (including how to download and install) are listed as links in a What do you want to do? section on the main page.
  • The new topics are focused on specific tasks for using the sharing application, with links back to the main page.
  • A new topic, Dialog box options for the Rights Management sharing application, now lists and describes each option that users are asked to configure.
  • Updated and additional screenshots are added to the instructions.
  • Clarifications are added throughout, based on customer feedback.

What's New in the Documentation Library for Windows Azure Rights Management, January 2014

The following information lists the topic that contains significant changes since the last update (December 2013).

Deploying the Windows Azure Rights Management Connector

- Updated to correct Exchange 2013 registry entries in the Configuring an Exchange server to use the connector section.  Where it used to reference v14 in the registry key (for example, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ExchangeServer\v14\IRM\CertificationServerRedirection), these are now corrected for v15 (for example, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ExchangeServer\v15\IRM\CertificationServerRedirection). 

However, if you use the new server configuration tool for the Microsoft RMS connector (released in December), the tool automatically configures these entries for you.  This topic was updated in December with information about the tool.  For more information, see the Configuring servers to use the RMS connector section.

Comments
  • Is there an issue with the RMS Connector and using it to authorise a FCI server. The options are only Exchange and Sharepoint and no sign of a simple FCI server?

  • The FCI option will light up you your connector very soon (hopefully this week). The service is being updated to activate this option, and the connector will automatically get it as it connects to the service periodically, no action needed on your part. Regards,

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