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Azure Rights Management Deployment Roadmap

Updated: May 1, 2015

Applies To: Azure Rights Management, Office 365

Use the following steps to prepare for, implement, and manage Azure Rights Management (RMS) for your organization.

However, if you just want to quickly try Azure RMS for yourself, rather than roll it out in a production environment, see Quick Start Tutorial for Azure Rights Management.

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Before you do the following steps, make sure that you have reviewed Requirements for Azure Rights Management.

If you have a subscription that includes Azure Rights Management, you are ready to get started. Depending on the functionality you are planning to try or evaluate, 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:

  1. Prepare your Azure or Office 365 tenant by creating new groups as needed for administration of the Rights Management service. For more information, see Preparing for Azure Rights Management.

  2. 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). Note that currently, you cannot use BYOK if you use Exchange Online. For more information, see Planning and Implementing Your Azure Rights Management Tenant Key.

  3. Install the Windows PowerShell module for Rights Management on at least one computer that has Internet access. You can do this step now, or later. For more information, see Installing Windows PowerShell for Azure Rights Management.

  4. If you are currently using on-premises Rights Management services: Perform a migration to move the keys, templates, and URLs to the cloud. For more information, see Migrating from AD RMS to Azure Rights Management.

  5. Activate Rights Management so that you can begin to use the service. If a phased deployment is required, configure user onboarding controls to restrict usage to specific users. For more information, see Activating Azure Rights Management.

Optionally, consider configuring the following:

Configuring your applications can include installing the Rights Management sharing application and enabling support for information rights management (IRM) features in SharePoint Online or Exchange Online.

For more information, see Configuring Applications for Azure Rights Management.

If you have on-premises services that you want to use with Azure Rights Management, install and configure the Rights Management connector. For more information, see Deploying the Azure Rights Management Connector.

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 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 Azure Rights Management by Using Windows PowerShell.

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