Windows Azure Rights Management Roadmap
Published: July 16, 2012
Updated: December 1, 2013
Applies To: Office 365, Windows Azure Rights Management
Perform the following steps to prepare for, implement, and manage Rights Management (RMS) for your organization:
If you have already received an invitation to setup your organization with a Microsoft Office 365 account and have signed-up, you are nearly ready to get started. Depending on the functionality you are planning to try or evaluate, Windows Azure Rights Management only requires a few additional steps to configure and enable it for use.
Before you begin using Rights Management, do the following preparation:
Prepare your Office 365 account by creating new groups as needed for administration of the Rights Management service. For more information, see Preparing for Windows Azure Rights Management.
Decide whether you want Microsoft to manage your tenant key (the default), or generate and manage your tenant key yourself (known as bring your own key, or BYOK). For more information, see Planning and Operations for Your Windows Azure Rights Management Tenant Key.
Install the Windows PowerShell module for Rights Management. You can do this step now, or later. For more information, see Installing Windows PowerShell for Windows Azure Rights Management.
Activate Rights Management so that you can begin to use the service. For more information, see Activating Windows Azure Rights Management.
Optionally, you can configure usage logging so that you can monitor how your organization is using Rights Management. You can do this step now, or later. For more information, see Logging and Analyzing Windows Azure Rights Management Usage.
Configuring your applications can involve configuring Office applications on client computers as well as configuring and enabling support for information rights management (IRM) features in SharePoint Online or Exchange Online.
For more information, see the following topics:
Integrating Office with Windows Azure Rights Management
Enabling IRM Services in SharePoint Online
Enabling IRM Services with Exchange Online
If you have on-premises services that you want to use with Windows Azure Rights Management, install and configure the Rights Management connector. For more information, see Deploying the Windows Azure Rights Management Connector.
You can also install the Rights Management sharing application, which supports Windows Azure RMS as well as Active Directory RMS. For more information, see the Microsoft Rights Management sharing application user's guide.
After client computers and applications have been enabled for Rights Management, you can publish and consume protected content, and log how your company is using Rights Management. For more information, see Using Windows Azure Rights Management.
As you begin to use Rights Management, you might find the Rights Management module for Windows PowerShell useful to help script or automate administrative changes. For more information, see Administering Windows Azure Rights Management by Using Windows PowerShell.