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Configuring Applications for Azure Rights Management

Published: July 16, 2012

Updated: April 1, 2014

Applies To: Azure Rights Management, Office 365

Use the following information to configure applications and services to support Azure Rights Management (RMS). These include Office applications such as Word and Outlook, and services such as Exchange and SharePoint. For information about how they support RMS, see How Applications Support Azure Rights Management.

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For information about supported versions and other requirements, see Requirements for Azure Rights Management.

To configure on-premises servers such as Exchange Server and SharePoint Server, see Deploying the Azure Rights Management Connector.

Because Office 365 natively supports Azure RMS, no client computer configuration is required to support the information rights management (IRM) features for applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and the Outlook Web App. All users have to do is sign in to their Office applications with their Microsoft Office 365 credentials and they can protect files and emails, and use files and emails that have been protected by others.

However, we recommend that you supplement these applications with the Rights Management sharing application, so that users get the benefit of the Office add-in. For more information, see the Rights Management sharing application: Installation and configuration for clients section in this topic.

To configure Exchange Online to support Azure RMS, you must configure the information rights management (IRM) service for Exchange Online.

For instructions, see Configure IRM to use Microsoft Azure Active Directory Rights Management in the Exchange library.

To configure SharePoint Online to support Azure RMS, you must enable the information rights management (IRM) service for SharePoint Online by using the SharePoint admin center. Site owners can then IRM-protect their SharePoint lists and document libraries.

For instructions, see the following resources from the Office website:

Because Office 2013 natively supports Azure RMS, no client computer configuration is required to support the information rights management (IRM) features for applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and the Outlook Web App. All users have to do is sign in to their Office applications with their Microsoft Office 365 credentials and they can protect files and emails, and use files and emails that have been protected by others.

However, we recommend that you supplement these applications with the Rights Management sharing application, so that users get the benefit of the Office add-in. For more information, see the Rights Management sharing application: Installation and configuration for clients section in this topic.

For client computers to use Azure RMS with Office 2010, they must have installed the Rights Management sharing application for Windows. No further configuration is required other than users must sign in with their Microsoft Office 365 credentials and they can then protect files and use files that have been protected by others.

For more information about the Rights Management sharing application, see the Rights Management sharing application: Installation and configuration for clients section in this topic.

The Rights Management (RMS) sharing application is required for client computers to use Azure RMS with Office 2010, and recommended for all computers and mobile devices that support Azure RMS. The RMS sharing application integrates with Office applications by installing an Office add-in so that users can easily protect files and emails directly from the ribbon. It also offers generic protection for files types that are not natively supported by Azure RMS.

To install and configure the RMS sharing application for Windows for an enterprise deployment, see the Rights Management sharing application administrator guide.

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If you want to quickly install and test the RMS sharing application for a single computer, see Download and install the Rights Management sharing application from the Rights Management sharing application user guide.

To install the RMS sharing application for mobile platforms, download the relevant app by using the links on the Microsoft Rights Management page.

No configuration is required to use Azure RMS with this app.

This category includes line-of-business applications that are written in-house by using the RMS SDK, and applications from software vendors that are written by using the RMS SDK. For these applications, follow the instructions that are provided with the application.

After you’ve configured your applications to support Azure Rights Management, use the Azure Rights Management Deployment Roadmap to check whether there are other configuration steps that you might want to do before you roll out Azure Rights Management to users and administrators. If not, see Using Azure Rights Management for your next steps.

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