Refreshing templates and testing Azure RMS

If you are using Microsoft Azure RMS service together with Office365, in order to extend functionality of basic RMS in Office365, you probably do it to create customized RMS templates. If you activate Office365 Rights Management, it will let you use only two default templates for content protection, and one template for email protection (Do Not Forward). Some users might be fine with these capabilities, but if you want more like on-premise RMS features, you’ll probably want Azure RMS. When you enable Azure RMS with your Office 365 subscription, it will let you create custom templates for RMS. However, if you are like me, and like to play around and make changes frequently, you might want check to speed up Azure custom RMS templates sync to Office365. Also, it might be useful to check and test your Azure RMS configuration from time to time. Luckily, there are few nice Powershell cmdlets that can be used for this purpose.

First, you need to connect to your Office365 tenant. To first store your credentials in PS variable, issue this cmdlet:

$cred = Get-Credential and press Enter. After this you will be prompted to enter your Office365 admin credentials. When you do it, type this:

$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri -Credential $cred -Authentication Basic –AllowRedirection, and press Enter. This will create a session to your Office365 tenant and also store in in Session variable.

Next, you want to import your session, and you will do it by executing Import-PSSession $Session cmdlet.

To check your RMS configuration, just execute Get-IRMConfiguration cmdlet after you imported a session in previous step. Check if internal and external licensing are enabled and also check for the RMSOnlineKeySharingLocation ( for Europe , it should be: Besides this, it is useful to test your RMS configuration by executing Test-IRMConfiguration –RMSOnline cmdlet.

If all test are passed, and you want to force sync of your new/changed/deleted templates from Azure RMS to Exchange Online, here is the cmdlet :

Import-RMSTrustedPublishingDomain -Name "RMS Online – 1" -RefreshTemplates -RMSOnline

Make sure that the name of RMSTrustedPublishingDomain is accurate (if you used default values it will be like in example above).

Author: ddamir

Damir Dizdarevic is a and IT professional. He works as a manager of MS CPLS Learning Center in Logosoft Sarajevo, and as a lecturer and author of MOC courses. Occasionally, he also works as a system designer for complex enterprise environments. He is a founding member and president of Bosnian Microsoft Community. He has been working with Microsoft platforms for the last 17 years and he is particularly specialized in Windows Server, Exchange Server, mobility and virtualization. Microsoft awarded him with the Most Valuable Professional – MVP status for his outstanding contribution in sharing knowledge about Microsoft Server products, large number of lectures he delivered, and for his high technical competence. Damir owns several technical certificates (MCSE, MCTS, MCITP, and MCT) for Windows Server 2012, 2008 R2, Exchange Server 2010, Security and Hyper-V. He is regular presenter on conferences in ex-Yu region. On Microsoft Sinergija conference, for previous 7 years, each time he was graded as one of top three speakers. On a Bosnian MS conference, he is the best speaker for last two years. He is also a regular and highly graded presenter on other Microsoft conferences in region such as NT Conference (Slovenia), Microsoft Vizija (Macedonia), Microsoft Windays (Croatia), MS Technet, Mobility Day, KulenDayz etc. Damir is one of very few trainers in Europe who works as an author and reviewer of official MOC courses. In previous year, he was authoring courses 20417 (Upgrading Skills to Windows Server 2012), 20414 (Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure), 20412( Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services) and 20410 (Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012). Also, he was authoring System Center 2012 courses and currently he is working on Exchange Server 2013 and Windows Server 2012 R2 courses. In addition, he has been working for 16 years now as one of the editors of BiH IT magazine INFO, where he published more than 300 technical articles, and he is also writing for the famous Windows ITPro Magazine (some of his work can be found at:

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