Applies to: Exchange Online, Exchange Server 2016

This cmdlet is available in on-premises Exchange Server 2016 and in the cloud-based service. Some parameters and settings may be exclusive to one environment or the other.

Use the Get-OutlookProtectionRule cmdlet to retrieve Microsoft Outlook protection rules configured in an organization.

For information about the parameter sets in the Syntax section below, see Exchange cmdlet syntax.

Get-OutlookProtectionRule [-Identity <RuleIdParameter>] [-DomainController <Fqdn>]

This example gets details of all Outlook protection rules configured in the organization.


This example gets all properties of the Outlook protection rule ProjectContoso.

Get-OutlookProtectionRule ProjectContoso | Format-List
The Identity parameter is positional. When used after the cmdlet name, the parameter value can be specified without providing the parameter label.

Outlook protection rules are used to automatically Information Rights Management (IRM)-protect email messages using a Rights Management Services (RMS) template before the message is sent. However, Outlook protection rules don't inspect message content. To IRM-protect messages based on message content, use transport protection rules. For more information, see Outlook protection rules.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can run this cmdlet. Although all parameters for this cmdlet are listed in this topic, you may not have access to some parameters if they're not included in the permissions assigned to you. To see what permissions you need, see the "Information Rights Management (IRM) configuration" entry in the Messaging policy and compliance permissions topic.


Parameter Required Type Description




This parameter is available only in on-premises Exchange 2016.

The DomainController parameter specifies the domain controller that's used by this cmdlet to read data from or write data to Active Directory. You identify the domain controller by its fully qualified domain name (FQDN). For example,




The Identity parameter identifies an Outlook protection rule.

To see the input types that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Input Type field for a cmdlet is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t accept input data.

To see the return types, which are also known as output types, that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Output Type field is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t return data.