Let users sync IRM-protected files with the OneDrive sync app

This article is for Microsoft 365 global or SharePoint admins who want their users to be able to sync IRM-protected SharePoint document libraries and OneDrive locations using the new OneDrive sync app (OneDrive.exe).


Any IRM-protected files will maintain their IRM protection during the sync process, both during upload and download. The OneDrive sync app doesn't support the IRM setting that expires document access rights.


  • You've applied Information Rights Management (IRM) to a library in Microsoft 365.

  • You've installed the RMS client on your users' computers. Download the Rights Management Service client.

    To silently install the client on computers, use the /qn switch as part of the command-line options of the Microsoft Windows Installer Tool (Msiexec.exe). For example, the following command shows the silent mode installation (assuming the RMS Client installer package is already downloaded to C:\Downloads).

    msiexec /qn c:\downloads\setup.msi

    You can have the setup file on a network share and use managed software deployment to run the msiexec command.

To sync an IRM-protected library

Users sync IRM-protected libraries in the same way they sync other libraries. For info, see Sync SharePoint files with the new OneDrive sync app.