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Hi everybody

Our technical writer, Carol Bailey, is letting you know what’s new and hot in the docs for this December. Happy New Year!

Reminders: Follow us on Twitter (@TheRMSGuy) and join in our peer community at www.yammer.com/AskIPTeam.

   Dan (on behalf of the Information Protection team)


The Documentation for Azure Information Protection (formerly Azure Rights Management) has been updated on the web and the latest content has a December 2016 (or later) date at the top of the article.

Updates for this month focus on the new preview version of the Azure Information Protection client, scoped policies (also in preview) and updates to the Azure Information Protection service. If you missed the announcement, see Azure Information Protection December preview now available. Note that while the documentation includes information and instructions for the new preview client so that you can test and evaluate it, instructions for a deployment network continue to list the GA version of the Azure Information Protection client and the Rights Management sharing application. In addition, because preview versions are subject to frequent changes, specific release details about the preview client are not listed in the Azure Information Protection client: Version release history.

We also have some documentation updates that incorporate questions from you and requests for clarifications. We value customer feedback and try to incorporate it whenever possible. If you have feedback about the documentation, you can contact us by emailing AskIPTeam@Microsoft.com. Please do not use the documentation Comments section and side notes (using the Livefyre service) to post technical support questions, ask questions or comment on the product design, or ask when a feature will be available. If you’re not sure how or where to get these types of questions answered, check our new House rules page.

What’s new in the documentation for Azure Information Protection, December 2016

The following information lists the articles that have significant technical changes since the last update (November 2016).

Requirements for Azure Information Protection

– Removed the restriction that forms-based authentication is not supported for Azure Information Protection. This authentication restriction is limited to Office 2010 and does not apply to the later Office versions. This is now documented as an Office 2010 restriction only, in Azure Active Directory requirements for Azure Information Protection and Applications that support Azure Rights Management data protection.

Applications that support Azure Rights Management data protection

– Updated the table to include the preview version of the Azure Information Protection client, added the SealPath RMS plugin for AutoCAD, and removed Siemen’s JT2Go app (.jt files continue to be supported by the RMS sharing application, and now the preview version of the Azure Information Protection client).

Frequently asked questions about classification and labeling in Azure Information Protection

– Updated throughout to remove some of the previous restrictions that no longer apply. For example, the preview client can label and protect files other than Office files, and now works with File Explorer so that you can do this in bulk and without opening the files in your Office applications. In addition:

Quick start tutorial for Azure Information Protection

– Updates throughout to accommodate the new UI for scoped policies (in preview).

Planning and implementing your Azure Information Protection tenant key

– Added an important callout that when you run the Use-AadrmKeyVaultKey command, you must specify the key version in addition to the key name. The example we provide includes the key version but the cmdlet doesn’t check that it’s included. If you do not include the version, and your key in Key Vault is later updated (renewed), the Azure Rights Management service will stop working for your tenant.

Create, configure, and publish a custom template

– Updated with recommendations for the content expiration setting and the offline access setting.

How to delete or reorder a label for Azure Information Protection

– Updated to clarify the recent behavior changes between deleting and disabling a label.

Hold your own key (HYOK) requirements and restrictions for AD RMS protection

– Removed the preview disclaimer now that this feature is declared generally available (GA).

How to configure the Azure Information Protection policy for specific users by using scoped policies

– New article, that explains how scoped policies work and how to configure them. Note that because this feature is in preview, the feature and related documentation is subject to frequent changes.

Installing the Azure Information Protection client

– Updated to include information for installing the preview version of the client, in addition to the GA version. This includes a new section for Office 2010 and for usage logging.

Azure Information Protection user guide – preview

– New guide for the preview version of the Azure Information Protection client that will eventually replace the Rights Management sharing application. This guide is for end users rather than administrators, and will replace the corresponding Rights Management sharing application user guide. However, you might find this guide useful in helping you to evaluate the new client, and especially the newly introduced right-click options that are documented in the section Using File Explorer to classify and protect files.