Up Exchange Online support for Active Directory Rights Management Service (AD RMS) retiring

We are retiring Active Directory Rights Management Service (AD
RMS) support in Exchange Online as of February 28, 2021. Moving forward, we
recommend the utilization of Azure Rights Management Service (Azure RMS).

Key Points: 

  • Timing: February
    28, 2021 
  • Action: review
    and assess impact for your organization 

How this will affect your organization:

Exchange Online includes Information Rights Management (IRM) that
provides online and offline protection of email messages and attachments.
Although Exchange Online uses Azure Rights Management Service (Azure RMS) by
default, your organization may have configured Exchange Online to use
on-premises Active Directory Rights Management Service (AD RMS). AD RMS support
in Exchange Online is retiring, and will be fully replaced with Azure

What you need to do to prepare:

If your organization is already using Azure RMS to encrypt email
in Exchange Online, there is nothing for you to do. 

Otherwise, follow the these steps to migrate to Azure RMS

  • If your organization has
    already set up Azure RMS, you can enable the service in Exchange Online by
    running the following Exchange Online PowerShell cmdlet:

    Set-IrmConfiguration -AzureRMSLicensingEnabled $true  



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