Configure Information Rights Management (SharePoint Server 2010)


Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010

Information Rights Management (IRM) enables content creators to centrally control which actions users can take on documents that have been downloaded from document libraries in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. IRM encrypts the downloaded files and limits the set of users and programs that are allowed to decrypt these files. IRM can also limit the rights of the users who are allowed to read files, so that they cannot take actions such as print copies of the files or copy text from them.

For more information about IRM as it is implemented by Rights Management Services (RMS), see RMS FAQ (


Before using IRM, you must have a Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) server to connect to. In addition, you must have installed the Windows Rights Management Services Client Service Pack 2 on every front-end Web server in the farm running SharePoint Server 2010.

To configure Information Rights Management

  1. On the SharePoint Central Administration Web site, in the Quick Launch, click Security.

  2. On the Security page, in the Information Policy section, click Configure information rights management.

  3. On the Information Rights Management page, in the Information Rights Management section, select one of the following options:

    1. Do not use IRM on this server   Select this option if you do not want to use IRM.

    2. Use the default RMS server specified in Active Directory   Select this option if your organization has specified an RMS server in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).

    3. Use this RMS server   If you select this option, type a URL that includes the protocol and the RMS server name in the corresponding box (for example, type http://rms_server).

  4. Click OK.