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Activating Azure Rights Management

Updated: October 1, 2014

Applies To: Azure Rights Management, Office 365

When you activate Azure Rights Management (RMS), you turn on this feature for all rights-enabled services and applications. You must activate Rights Management before you can begin to use the information rights management (IRM) features within Office, SharePoint, and Exchange.

Before you activate Rights Management, make sure that your service plan or product version and edition can support Rights Management services. For more information, see the Cloud subscriptions that support Azure RMS section in the Requirements for Azure Rights Management topic.

noteNote
To use RMS with the on-premises services, you must install the Microsoft RMS connector. For more information about the RMS connector, see Deploying the Azure Rights Management Connector.

Use one of the following procedures to activate Rights Management.

TipTip
You can also use the Windows PowerShell cmdlet, Enable-Aadrm, to activate Rights Management.

  1. Sign up for your Office 365 account and sign in to the Office 365 admin center.

  2. In the left pane, expand SERVICE SETTINGS.

  3. Click Rights Management.

    noteNote
    If you do not see this option, it might be because your service plan or product version cannot support Rights Management, or it has not yet been upgraded to support Rights Management.

    Use the information in the Cloud subscriptions that support Azure RMS section in the Requirements for Azure Rights Management topic to confirm support. If your service plan or product version is supported but you do not see the Rights Management option, it might be because the service is not yet upgraded. For help with this issue, send an email message to askipteam.

  4. On the RIGHTS MANAGEMENT page, click Manage.

  5. On the rights management page, click activate.

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

You should now see Rights management is activated and the option to deactivate.

  1. Sign up for your Azure account and 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 ACTIVATE, and then confirm your action.

    noteNote
    If you see an activation error, it might be because your service plan or product version cannot support Rights Management.

    Use the information in the Cloud subscriptions that support Azure RMS section in the Requirements for Azure Rights Management topic to confirm RMS support. For help with this issue, send an email message to askipteam.

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

In addition to the Active status, which indicates that the Rights Management service is enabled and ready to use, you might also see Inactive, Unavailable, or Unauthorized.

 

Status value Description

Active

Rights Management is enabled and ready for use.

Inactive

Rights Management is disabled and must be activated before your organization can protect files.

Unavailable

The Rights Management service is down. Try again later.

Unauthorized

You do not have permissions to view the status of the Rights Management service. For example, your account is locked out or you are not the global administrator for the selected tenant.

Now that you’ve activated Azure Rights Management for your organization, 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. For example, you might want to use custom templates to make it easier for users to apply information protection to files, connect your on-premises servers to use Azure Rights Management by installing the RMS connector, and deploy the Rights Management sharing application that supports protecting all file types on all devices. If there are no other configuration steps that you need to do, see Using Azure Rights Management for operational guidance to support a successful deployment for your organization.

For information about how your applications work with Azure Rights Management, see How Applications Support Azure Rights Management.

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