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February 5, 2021

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

From Microsoft Corporation ACTION REQUIRED by Feb 28, 2021

MC236526 · Published Jan 29, 2021

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Message Summary

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 RMS. 

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  

The above information is also described in preparing for deprecation of AD RMS support in Exchange Online.

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