AD RMS Architecture Video Series: How AD RMS Works

A successful deployment of Active Directory Rights Management Services depends on a careful consideration of how AD RMS works and how it interacts with other objects in your network environment. Enrique Saggese, a Senior Microsoft Consultant, recently gave a presentation about AD RMS design and deployment, which we are making available on TechNet Edge as a…

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Microsoft Office 2003 Cannot Open Documents Protected with RMS

The issue of the inability to open documents protected with AD RMS with Microsoft Office 2003 has now been resolved with a hotfix. You can obtain the hotfix at the following locations: Office Client – KB978551 Word Viewer – KB978558 Excel Viewer – KB978557  Update (2/10/2010) – We recommend that AD RMS users download and install the update…

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Protecting a Microsoft Office Word Document with AD RMS

Perhaps you are new to Active Directory – Rights Management Services and you have yet to see a demonstration of the technology. We recently posted a short screencast video on the Windows Server 2008 “How Do I?” Videos site that demonstrates a simple scenario where a user shares a protected Word document with another user…

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Activate Information Rights Management in SharePoint

Recently we had a case where a customer was having some difficulty activating an IRM-protected document library in SharePoint on a server running Windows Server 2008. He got the following error: Information Rights Management (IRM): There was a problem while trying to activate a rights account certificate.Unspecified connection error. Try activating again later. Error value:…

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Custom IRM Protectors

We occasionally get questions from customers about creating custom IRM protectors. Protectors are components that are used to apply AD RMS protection to files when they are added to document libraries like those in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. Specifically, protectors “convert custom files types to rights-management formats when the user downloads them, and then convert…

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The AD RMS Bulk Protection Tool Has Arrived

We heard from the AD RMS community and we acted! Today, we are extremely proud to announce the availability of the AD RMS Bulk Protection Tool on Microsoft Download Center. The AD RMS Bulk Protection Tool is a command-line tool that can decrypt multiple AD RMS protected files or encrypt multiple files to a predefined…

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AD RMS and PowerShell

PowerShell has been included in Windows Server 2008 R2. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s “a command-line shell and scripting language that helps IT professionals achieve greater productivity and control system administration more easily.” You can learn more about it at the PowerShell Website or at the PowerShell team’s blog. The AD RMS team…

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AD RMS and Group Expansion

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 Forests contains a thorough explanation of how AD RMS works in a multiple-forest environment: “RMS uses Active Directory to identify users…

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Information Protection in Exchange 2010

We are excited about the features being built into Exchange 2010 that use AD Rights Management Services technology to ensure that sensitive information is protected. Ed Banti, a Microsoft program manager, recently presented an overview of these features, which we have made available on TechNet Edge as a series of short videos. In the following…

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Microsoft’s AD RMS Rights Policy Templates

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 the IT organization at Microsoft? Following are examples of the policy templates used by Microsoft’s IT organization: Microsoft Confidential –…

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