Enable AADRM in Exchange Online in 2 easy steps

On November 5th, 2013 Microsoft announced the general availability of a hosted version (SaaS) of Rights Management, called Windows Azure AD Rights Management (AADRM).

Azure RMS is now included in Office 365 E3, E4, A3, A4, plans, or you can purchase Azure RMS as a standalone subscription.

To license a user for AADRM, just assign an Office 365 license as you would an Exchange Online license.

I have previously written about the new AADRM in August, and I just finished a post about enabling it for SharePoint Online.

In this post, I will show you how simple it is to enable AADRM for your Exchange Online tenant. It is assumed that IRM has been activated in your tenant, if not, follow the first step in the post referenced above for SharePoint Online.

1. Connect to your Exchange Online account by using Windows PowerShell. View the reference links below if you need help with this step. Better yet, stop here if you are not sure how to do this step.

2. Run the following commands to enable Rights Management within Exchange Online (Pre-requisite – Azure RMS Admin Tool)


That’s it! IRM is now enabled for Exchange Online!



As a best practice, it is a good idea to run a get command before you run a set command so that you can validate that the set command made the change you wanted, and to have a reference in case  you need to roll back. Here are the results of the get command I ran for get-IRMConfiguration prior to running the set command.

Before RMS is enabled, the Outlook Web App interface does not allow a user to protect content within OWA.

After RMS is enabled through the powershell command above, the user who has been granted the RMS license through the o365 portal will now see the following within Outlook Web App. Note: This can take several hours before it will appear.




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