Identity and Access Webcasts

We are running a series of webcasts on Identity and Access solutions from Microsoft beginning in November and going on through March 2007. These webcasts will include a lot of technical information on RMS as well. Some more details below: Microsoft offers a broad range of technologies and products to enable a customer’s identity and access…


Using the Windows Firewall with RMS

If you are using the Windows Firewall shipped with Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, you probably already know that you must create firewall exceptions on each server in your RMS environment in order for RMS to function correctly. If not, read on.   When the Windows Firewall is turned on, it blocks all unsolicited…

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Enabling SSL after RMS is provisioned

Let’s say that you decide that you want to enable SSL on your RMS pipelines after RMS is provisioned. It is recommended that you decrypt all RMS-protected content, re-install and re-provision RMS, and then encrypt the content again. However, this is not always possible. One alternative option is to provision a new RMS environment and…


Cached mode in Outlook 2003 and RMS

Imagine this scenario. You are about to catch a plane. You connect to Internet using a Wi-Fi spot on the airport and sync your Outlook. It’s a long flight and you want to catch up on email during the flight. You jump on the place and when the nice airhostess announces that you can use…


RMS Hardening Guide

RMS is designed as a solution to allow digital enforcement of content usage policies. And like any other solution, one can follow some best practices to ensure that the service is running in a secure manner. Here are a few suggestions from the product team. Deploy RMS web services as https – not http.  Particularly…


Starting a new series….

We are starting a series of posts called “Ask John”. John Howie is one of the most knowledgeable people on configuring, managing and using RMS. In his current role, John is the director of security communities and in the past has led the MCS (Microsoft Consulting Services) team working on RMS projects. A lot of…