The Documentation for Azure Information Protection has been updated on the web and the latest content has a January 2019 (or later) date at the top of the article.
Most of the documentation updates this month have been to support the new preview of the client (released Jan 15), which brings an exciting update to configure the scanner in the Azure portal rather than using PowerShell. For more information about this change, see the following blog post: Azure Information Protection scanner gets new central management, and many new other features! If you were previously using the scanner, be sure to carefully read the upgrade instructions before you install the latest preview client.
Support statements are also updated throughout for Office 2019 - for the Azure Information Protection client (applies also to the Azure Information Protection unified labeling client), and to the RMS client if you are protecting documents and emails directly with the Azure Rights Management service, rather than using labels. References to out-of-support products, Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows RT are also removed. Remember that January 31 is end of support for the Rights Management sharing application for Windows, so expect this documentation to also be removed soon and the download page removed from the Microsoft Download Center.
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What's new in the documentation for Azure Information Protection, January 2019
- Updated the Applications section to clarify that the Office 365 apps that are not ProPlus and can support protection come with Office 365 Business and Microsoft 365 Business subscriptions. The Office team has recently posted information that some customers have been experiencing problems applying protection with these Office 365 apps, but are working on a fix. If you think this might apply to you, see Some Office 365 Business users unable to apply IRM protection.
- Updated the entry I see Azure Information Protection is listed as an available cloud app for conditional access—how do... to add the following new bullet in the additional information list:
- Updated the Sensitive information types that require a minimum version of the client section, for new information types that are supported by the preview client, and information types that are no longer supported by the preview client (and removed from the Azure portal).
- Updated for the following:
- New article, specifically to accommodate the changes for the new preview version of the client (and scanner). Changes include the ability to have multiple configuration databases on the same SQL Server instance and configuration from the Azure portal before you install (or upgrade) the scanner. The List of cmdlets for the scanner section lists the reduced number of cmdlets that are supported for the scanner, now that configuration for data repositories and file types is moved to the Azure portal.
- Updated the description for the Certify request type in the How to interpret your Azure Rights Management usage logs section, for the following wording: "The client is certifying the user for the consumption and creation of protected content."
- Added the new section for the latest preview version of the client.
- Updated the Upgrading the Azure Information Protection scanner section, for recommended upgrade instructions for the preview version. Customers who don't follow this recommended path often have problems with a scanner profile mismatch, which means that their scanner can't download the scanner settings configured in the Azure portal.
There also a new section, Moving the scanner configuration database to a different SQL Server instance, which is specific to the new preview version.
- New section, Using PowerShell to register labeled documents with the document tracking site, which explains how you can use the new EnableTracking parameter from the preview client, as an addition method to register a protected document with the document tracking site.
- Updated the Limitations for container files, such as .zip files section, with the information that PDF files that contain attachments are another example of container files and that the Azure Information Protection viewer cannot open these attachments.
The Changing the default protection level of files section is also updated with the information that if you have 64-bit Windows, you must also update the registry path for 32-bit Windows. Some components of the client always operate in 32-bit mode. After making the registry edits, for PowerShell, you must start a new session.
- Added a new advanced client setting to change the local logging level. You might need to do this if you've been instructed by Microsoft Support to help investigate a problem, or because you want to turn off local logging to help conserve disk space, or prevent personal data from being saved locally. For this last scenario, the section Usage logs for the Azure Information Protection client and RMS client is also updated in Manage personal data for Azure Information Protection.
- Updates for the preview version, include:
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