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  • Blog Post: Protecting XPS Documents with AD RMS

    I recently completed a video on TechNet Edge that shows how you can use XPS to protect and restrict permission to documents. Here is the description: Do you work in an organization that uses Active Directory – Rights Management Services to protect and restrict permission to files? Have you ever...
  • Blog Post: Case Study: Using File Classification Infrastructure to Classify Data and Protect Information

    Microsoft recently released a case study that describes how Microsoft IT used FCI and the Bulk Protection Tool to classify and protect sensitive data. The File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) provides mechanisms to not only classify HBI files on a fileserver, but in conjunction with File Server...
  • Blog Post: AD RMS/IRM Help for New Users

    I write for a developer/IT pro audience, but I regularly have people ask me about documentation for end users (typically a knowledge worker trying to figure out how to protect documents with Word or Outlook). I usually refer people to Information Rights Management in the 2007 Microsoft Office system...
  • Blog Post: Required Critical Update for AD RMS Customers

    Today Microsoft is releasing an update to AD RMS to completely remove the “application manifest expiry” feature. This update is particularly important for AD RMS customers using Internet Explorer, because the certificate for the RMA add-in for Internet Explorer will expire on February 22nd. The RMA add...
  • Blog Post: Protecting a SharePoint Document Library with AD RMS

    Many customers don't know that it's possible to use AD RMS to protect documents in a SharePoint document library. On the AD RMS team blog , Micah LaNasa recently highlighted some resources that can show you how this is done.
  • Blog Post: Protecting Sensitive Data with AD RMS

    I recently did a Q and A interview with Softpedia where we discussed AD RMS and its integration into other Microsoft applications. In a nutshell, when we are talking about information protection, we typically mean the encryption of unstructured data (a file) as it travels from user to user, inside...
  • Blog Post: The best tutorial in the world...EVER...on ADRMS logging

    Peter Gilson, a member of the AD RMS product team, recently made an AD RMS Logging Tutorial video that tells you everything you wanted to know about AD RMS logging. Jason Tyler is trying not to pump it up too much . (Warning: The video is 383 MB, so you may want to right click and save it locally...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 2003 Cannot Open Documents Protected with AD RMS

    The issue of the inability to open AD RMS protected documents with Microsoft Office 2003 has been resolved with a hotfix. You can obtain the hotfix at the following locations: Office Client – KB978551 Word Viewer – KB978558 Excel Viewer – KB978557 Update (2/10/2010) - We recommend that AD...
  • Blog Post: A High-Level Discussion of AD RMS

    Enrique Saggese, a Microsoft Senior Consultant, recently gave a lecture where he explained, from a high level, how AD RMS functions and how it protects content. We have edited that lecture into a series of videos that we are in the process of releasing on TechNet Edge . So far, we've released the...
  • Blog Post: Protecting a Word Document with AD RMS

    I'm making a few short videos for the Windows Server 2008 "How Do I?" site . They are specifically meant to highlight AD RMS technology and demonstrate it for a customer who's never used it. The first video was recently posted: This video introduces you to AD RMS by showing you how an end user can...
  • Blog Post: Integrate Information Rights Management into Windows SharePoint Services ( WSS ) 3.0

    I thought this was a really interesting and detailed article : Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 ships with protectors based on the Information Rights Management (IRM) framework. These provide Microsoft Office users with the benefit of SharePoint integration with Active Directory Rights...
  • Blog Post: Why is Information Security So Difficult?

    "...because sensitive information is always moving and transforming." The quotation is from a webcast (a little over twenty minutes long) recently posted on the RSA Website. Several months back, I wrote about a partnership between Microsoft and RSA to provide a data-loss-prevention solution. In...
  • Blog Post: How Do I Share Protected Documents with People Outside my Organization?

    GigaTrust 's (a Microsoft partner) Enterprise Trust solution has a nice feature for doing that: Automated, persistent content protection is a necessary element of complete enterprise security architecture that seamlessly complements existing perimeter security solutions with content protection. GigaTrust...
  • Blog Post: AD RMS in the Press

    AD RMS was recently highlighted in an article on the Softpedia Website. The article discusses some of the new documentation available, highlighted on the AD RMS product team blog , to help developers and IT professionals implement and administer AD RMS in their organization.
  • Blog Post: AD RMS Support for BlackBerry Smartphones

    Liquid Machines Extends Its Industry-Leading Support of BlackBerry Smartphones for Microsoft Active Directory Rights Management Services to More Than 400 File Formats Mobile access to real-time communications and data can increase the risk of a loss of confidential enterprise information such as intellectual...
  • Blog Post: Information Protection Features in Exchange 2010

    Exchange 2010 contains some new features that make use of AD RMS technology. Exchange's Information Protection and Control topic highlights some of these features, including transport protections rules, Outlook protection rules, and IRM support in Outlook Web App: Transport protection rules. when...
  • Blog Post: New Content: Deploying Active Directory Rights Management Services at Microsoft

    Since the worldwide implementation of AD RMS at Microsoft, each day, an average of approximately 5,000 documents and e-mail messages are protected to be consumed by 80,000 unique users. These numbers continually grow as an increasing number of users adopt AD RMS technologies as their preferred means...
  • Blog Post: Notes: Provisioning AD RMS on Windows Server 2003

    I recently provisioned AD RMS on WS 2003 R2 and I made a few notes as I ran into issues. Perhaps these will give you a nudge in the right direction if you are troubleshooting: First, you must download Windows RMS 1.0 SP2 and install it. The installation won't complete unless you first install IIS...
  • Blog Post: Technet Edge Video: Rights Management Services and End Users in Exchange 2010

    I wanted to try a little experiment and embed a video on my blog. The following video is Ed Banti, a program manager for Exchange, discussing RMS features for end users in Exchange 2010. Enjoy.
  • Blog Post: AD RMS on TechNet Edge

    Announcing: New video overviews for RMS and Exchange Server 2010 on TechNet Edge !
  • Blog Post: Launch of the New AD RMS TechCenter

    On TechNet, we've recently launched the AD RMS server role site on the Windows Server TechCenter . It's a good compilation of resources, such as current news, links to AD RMS related blogs, and links to recent KB articles.
  • Blog Post: New Content: AD RMS Architecture Design and Secure Collaboration Scenarios

    Enrique Saggese, a senior consultant on the AD RMS team , recently wrote a new topic entitled AD RMS Architecture Design and Secure Collaboration Scenarios . It outlines infrastructure-design guidance for your AD RMS deployment. The following abstract summarizes this documentation: Here we describe...
  • Blog Post: New Content: AD RMS Performance and Logging Best Practices

    Two senior consultants on the AD RMS team, Enrique Saggese and Kiyoshi Watanabe, recently wrote some new content that details best practices for properly scaling and managing your AD RMS infrastructure. The following abstract details the contents of this documentation: Here we describe the scaling...
  • Blog Post: Making the Case for AD RMS

    I recently ran across this short blog post by Ragnar Harper and I thought it was interesting enough to share. There is no doubt that how we approach security needs to change. For too long now we have been thinking about building a castle to protect us with DMZ, Network firewalls and so on. Then we...
  • Blog Post: Article 'o the Week - Exchange 2010 and AD RMS

    This article outlines some of the features in the new version of Exchange. There is also a brief mention of its interoperability with AD RMS. Using the Transport Protection Rules, it was possible within the administration interface to create customized rules to control how specific messages could...
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