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Windows rights management

David McAmis and Don Jones
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One of the most exciting enhancements to Outlook 2003 and the Microsoft Office System 2003 in general is the introduction of rights management, through Windows Rights Management Service. This feature is new with Office 2003 and requires Windows Server 2003 to work.

Rights management is based on the concept that you can assign a security policy to a particular document, which includes e-mails and attachements. This policy can restrict how the document can be used, including settings to allow/disallow viewing the document, copying, printing, saving and forwarding.

In addition to internal users who might be using Office 2003, the rights management policies can be enforced with external users. A plug-in has been provided for Internet Explorer so that you can view rights-managed documents.


WINDOWS RIGHTS MANAGEMENT SERVER
For more information on rights management within Outlook 2003 or the Windows Rights Management Server, check out http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/overview/technologies/rmenterprise.m spx.


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About the authors:

David McAmis is an enterprise architect and partner in a consulting firm in Sydney, Australia. David has written a number of books and more than 100 articles that have appeared in magazines and journals.

Don Jones, MCSE, CTT+, is an independent consultant and founding partner of BrainCore.Net. Don is the author of more than a dozen books and the creator and series editor of Sams Publishing's Delta Guide series. He is also a contributing editor and columnist for Microsoft® Certified Professional Magazine, the Microsoft technology columnist for CertCities.com, and a speaker at technology conferences.


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