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Azure RMS Templates #3, Enable Azure RMS and Prepare Environment

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This is the third part of articles about Azure RMS Templates. To get started you need subscriptions I have described in “Azure RMS Templates #2, Subscription Scenarios“.

If you are already prepared with your Office 365 and Microsoft Azure subscriptions, now I’ll show you how to enable Azure RMS and prepare your environment for tests.

You can enable AAD RMS in 2 different ways as described on TechNet Library .



  • Once you are logged to Microsoft Azure, on the left pane click Active Directory and on the right side you should see your tenant name that you have created (the one that is linked to your Office 365 tenant). Click on the Rights Management.


  • Now click on your tenant name and Activate. That’s all!



  • Log in to to your Office 365 admin portal. Go to Office 365 Admin

center and choose service settings, rights management and Manage.

  • Click Activate.

  • Confirm that you want to activate this service.

As you can see, enabling Azure RMS is just few mouse clicks and is very straight forward task.


To be able to perform some tests you’ll need to have Microsoft Office suite installed on some of your workstation. You have to know that only specific versions of Microsoft Office suite let you create protected content, but all Office suites let you consume. You can read more about Microsoft Office and AD RMS features summary .

With Office 365 E3 plan you have subscribed to, you get a license for Office 365 ProPlus. Let’s use it! Just follow my steps:

  • I logged in as a Global Administrator to Office 365 portal and I have created new user “KAZM” with No Admin roles,
  • I assigned Azure Rights Management and Office 365 Pro Plus licenses to that user.


  • Once I have a user account created, I log in on my Windows 7 (this can also be Windows 8.1) test machine to Office 365 portal with this account’s (KAZM) credentials. On the start page I click on one of the Office icons next to Get desktop apps text.

  • I pick language, 32 bit version and click Install. Microsoft Installer is downloaded and being installed. Just wait until it is ready.
  • Go through the getting started wizard.

  • I run Microsoft Office Word 2013, open a blank document, go to File menu, Info, Protect document, Restrict Access and Connect to Rights Management Servers and get templates.

  • If you get the error message “Your machine isn’t set up for Information Rights Management (IRM). To set up IRM, sign in to Office, open an existing IRM protected message or document, or contact your help desk“. It means you need to sign in to your account, so go to Account and click Sign In button. Provide your credentials and you should be signed in.

  • Try again Connect to Rights Management Servers and get templates. This time you should get 2 default Azure RMS templates, which confirms you have successfully connected to Azure RMS and used its out of the box templates.


You now go for the next article “Azure RMS Templates #4, Tests“.

Andrzej Kazmierczak

About Andrzej Kazmierczak

Andrzej Kaźmierczak is an IT professional with many years of IT security experience to his credit. As a certified Architect and Systems Engineer in the field of Microsoft security solutions, Andrzej expands on his vast knowledge of the industry working with many major worldwide corporations and organizations from a wide variety of industry fields. Andrzej is also a published author of many security articles and blogs. His key specialties include the architecture, design, implementation and support for Identity Federation, Azure and Cloud, work in the field of Public Key Infrastructure and smart cards, as well as a wide array of Information Protection and Rights Management. Follow on twitter: @ANDKAZM View all posts by Andrzej Kazmierczak →
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