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The official team blog of Microsoft's Rights Management product team with news and updates for IT professionals using AD RMS or Azure RMS.

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  • Blog Post: New Content: Test Lab Guide: Deploying an AD RMS Cluster using Windows Server 2012

    Hi folks, We have some new updates to the TechNet Library for AD RMS documentation. . I'll let our lead writer, Brad Mahugh, fill you in on the details! Thanks, Dan Hi folks, As was promised in an earlier post, we have some new content to share in celebration of Windows Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: Tips for Troubleshooting AD RMS and AD FS Integration

    (This post was published on the original team blog in February 2010.) Are you troubleshooting AD RMS and AD FS integration? This post will help you get started but it is not a comprehensive look at the specific issues you may encounter. Which fields are case-sensitive when installing AD FS? ...
  • Blog Post: Official release of Rights Protected Folder Explorer

    Hi folks, It's been a busy time this past month in the IP team here at Microsoft. We've introduced a new AD RMS SDK 2.0 and AD RMS Client 2.0 and today I'd like to announce we have a new AD RMS powered application, Rights Protected Files Explorer (RPFe). RPFe is a great news for customers as it helps...
  • Blog Post: New Content: Disaster Recovery for AD RMS

    We've had a number of requests over the past few months for more information on disaster recovery guidance for working with AD RMS deployments and to that end, we've got some good news to report. In researching with some of our partner teams within Microsoft we came across a guide that had been written...
  • Blog Post: Protect everything: using FCI to protect files of any type with Windows Server 2012

    Hey folks, We once again have a guest for today's AD RMS Team blog. Today's post is brought to you by Andrey Moskvitin. Andrey is a Technical Solutions Professional who specializes in Security for our Microsoft Russia subsidiary and he's going to help you see how to use File Classification Infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: AD RMS FAQ update - Can encryption keys or certificates be stored on SmartCards or hardware service modules?

    (This post was published on the original RMS team blog in September 2011.) The AD RMS team recently had some inquiries on behalf of our customers about how to design an AD RMS solution that supports client-side storage of encryption keys and certificates. So we looked into it and now have an update...
  • Blog Post: RMS PowerShell cmdlets - preview release

    Hello Folks, The RMS team has been hard at work and now have our first preview release of a set of PowerShell cmdlets using AD RMS SDK. Microsoft.Protection PowerShell cmdlets are designed for developers, IT pros and products who like to script with AD RMS SDK without directly integrating with...
  • Blog Post: AD RMS under the hood: Client bootstrapping (Part 1 of 2)

    Hi folks, Although this blog normally features content updates and product announcements from the members who work with me within the Information Protection team here at Microsoft, we do occasionally have the opportunity to feature guest bloggers from AD RMS community whose expertise we think you...
  • Blog Post: New announcements of interest for developers and IT professionals working with AD RMS

    Today, I'd like to help call your attention to some exciting new updates on behalf the Information Protection (IP) team. Effective today, we have relaunched the original RMS team blog that was on MSDN as the AD RMS Developer's Corner and with a renewed focus on covering developer news and content updates...
  • Blog Post: Testing AD RMS for your Environment

    (This post was published on the original RMS team blog in May 2010) Before you implement AD RMS you may want to test it in a test environment that mirrors your production environment. This post will help you in this process. First, you must decide how you will use AD RMS in your organization so...
  • Blog Post: Want to work with RMS-protected email on Android? Now you can.

    Hi folks, I'm Dan Plastina, Group Manager for the Information Protection team and I wanted to bring to your attention the launch of the most recent version of Nitrodesk's very popular TouchDown email client for devices running on the Android platform. This is exciting news and important to those of you...
  • Blog Post: AD RMS and Group Expansion

    (This post was published on the original RMS team blog in September 2009.) We get occasional questions from customers about AD RMS and group expansion across forests. The following are a few links that can help answer your questions concerning group expansion: The topic Deploying RMS Across...
  • Blog Post: New content: AD RMS Best Practices Guide

    Hey folks, One of the things that we have heard as a request from many of you who work with RMS and AD RMS regularly is " How can I get access to all the best practices and expert guidance that will help me make the best decisions when planning, deploying and supporting my AD RMS infrastructure? ...
  • Blog Post: Sharing Protected Documents when Partners do not have an AD RMS Installation

    (This post was published on the original RMS team blog in February 2010. This is part 2 of a two-part series.) This is the second post in a series examining the different options available to share protected content with partner organizations. Our first post, discussed sharing protected content with...
  • Blog Post: AD RMS and cryptographic support for SHA-2/RSA 2048

    (This blog post was first published on the RMS team blog in March 2012.) One of the more significant updates to AD RMS that has occurred over the past year is the support for a new advanced mode of operation that supports enhanced cryptography. This support was added with Service Pack 1 for Windows...
  • Blog Post: AD RMS Reporting

    (This post was published on the original RMS team blog in February 2011.) There's a new article in the TechNet Wiki that explains the purpose of the various reports you can generate in AD RMS: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/ad-rms-reports.aspx . It's a start, but we've...
  • Blog Post: Integrating AD RMS and SharePoint

    (This post was originally published on the original AD RMS blog in February 2010) AD RMS can be used to protect Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 document libraries. If you would like to integrate your SharePoint server with AD RMS here are a few links to get you started: The AD RMS Deployment...
  • Blog Post: New AD RMS Videos

    (This post was published on the original RMS team blog in April 2010.) The AD RMS team has posted some new videos on TechNet Edge that walk through a few of the AD RMS Step-by-step guides located on TechNet. These videos mirror the steps from the guide and provide additional insight and best practices...
  • Blog Post: EZ Federation in AD RMS

    (This post was published on the original RMS team blog in February 2011.) Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 provides a very cool new feature in AD RMS: You can federate with organizations running Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 through the Microsoft Federation Gateway. In case you...
  • Blog Post: Decommissioning AD RMS

    (This post was published on the original RMS team blog in February 2010.) If you plan to remove Active Directory Rights Management Services from your organization, you should first decommission the AD RMS cluster. This allows your AD RMS users to remove AD RMS protection from existing content. If...
  • Blog Post: Using AD RMS in Microsoft Office 2007

    (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...
  • Blog Post: Want automated rights management protection for non-Microsoft files? Use FCI with Rights Protected Folder Explorer

    Hey folks, You may recall that a few months back we announced on a previous blog post about the official release of the Rights Protected Folders Explorer (RPFe) tool . As a follow-up to that, I wanted to point out that our friends and internal partners on the Microsoft Storage team who own File Classification...
  • Blog Post: AD RMS Installation Best Practices

    (This post was originally published on the original RMS team blog in March 2010) Here are a few best practices to keep in mind when installing Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS): Use dedicated AD RMS servers. Installing AD RMS on the same server as a domain controller, Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Specifying a non-standard SQL port when installing AD RMS

    (This post was published on the original RMS team blog in December 2010.) The AD RMS setup wizard assumes that the SQL database server you use for the AD RMS configuration and logging databases is listening on the standard SQL TCP port, 1433. If your SQL server is configured to use a different port...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's AD RMS Rights Policy Templates

    (This post was published on the original RMS team blog in July 2009.) Organizations using AD RMS often take advantage of rights policy templates to enable users to protect information according to a predefined set of rights. Many customers are asking us, what specific policy templates are used by...