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Deactivating Azure Rights Management

Updated: February 1, 2015

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 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 want to migrate from Azure Rights Management to a supported on-premises Rights Management infrastructure, you must perform a migration before deactivating Azure Rights Management. This lets users continue to consume and protect files with Rights Management, but using on-premises servers for authentication and management. To migrate from Azure Rights Management, export your keys and policies from the cloud service in the form of a trusted publishing domain (TPD file) and import them into an on-premises Rights Management server. Then, set a migration URL that redirects existing clients to your on-premises infrastructure. For more information, see the instructions for exporting your tenant key in Operations for Your Azure Rights Management Tenant Key, and the Set-AadrmMigrationUrl cmdlet.

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 Office 365 with your work or school account that is an administrator for your Office 365 deployment.

  2. If the Office 365 admin center does not automatically display, select the app launcher icon in the upper-left and choose Admin. The Admin tile appears only to Office 365 administrators.

    For admin center help, see About the Office 365 admin center - Admin Help.

  3. In the left pane, expand SERVICE SETTINGS.

  4. Click Rights Management.

  5. On the RIGHTS MANAGEMENT page, click Manage.

  6. On the rights management page, click deactivate.

  7. 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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