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Deactivating Azure Rights Management

Updated: October 1, 2014

Applies To: Azure Rights Management, Office 365

When you deactivate Azure Rights Management, you are turning off this feature for your Microsoft cloud service subscription. Deactivate Rights Management only if you are no longer want to use information rights management (IRM) features with your Microsoft Office 365 applications and you no longer need access to content that was previously rights-protected by using Rights Management. This would be appropriate for when you have completed testing Azure Rights Management before you deploy it in a production environment.

If you have deployed Azure Rights Management in a production environment, you might not know what data was protected by using Rights Management and whether it needs to remain accessible. If this applies to you, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services (CSS) for options before you deactivate Rights Management.

Use one of the following procedures to deactivate Rights Management.

You can also use the Windows PowerShell cmdlet, Disable-Aadrm, to deactivate Rights Management.

  1. Sign in to the Office 365 admin center.

  2. In the left pane, expand SERVICE SETTINGS.

  3. Click Rights Management.

  4. On the RIGHTS MANAGEMENT page, click Manage.

  5. On the rights management page, click deactivate.

  6. When prompted Do you want to deactivate Rights Management?, click deactivate.

You should now see Rights Management is not activated and the option to activate.

  1. Sign in to the Azure Management Portal.

  2. In the left pane, click ACTIVE DIRECTORY.

  3. From the active directory page, click RIGHTS MANAGEMENT.

  4. Select the directory to manage for Rights Management, click DEACTIVATE, and then confirm your action.

The RIGHTS MANAGEMENT STATUS should now display Inactive and the DEACTIVATE option is replaced with ACTIVATE.

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