Microsoft on Monday released the first service pack for its Windows Rights Management Services, software that is...
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designed to restrict access to documents to help companies that want to prevent sensitive data from being leaked.
RMS SP1 includes a "lockbox" that can be used for servers as well as clients. The lockbox helps IT administrators who want to extend information protection to their managed content, such as archiving RMS-protected e-mails, for example.
Prior to SP1, to get the lockbox software, each PC in a system had to send hardware identification to RMS in a one-time activation process. RMS then sent the information to a Rights Management Activation Service hosted by Microsoft, which returned the lockbox DLL and signed a client certificate. Now, customers can centrally manage rights.
Some of the other service pack features include the ability to run RMS in air-gap networks with no outside operational dependencies, two-factor authentication capabilities and the ability to apply usage-rights policies to dynamic groups defined by queries of Active Directory, according to Microsoft.
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