For some, it's been a quiet start of the year, and we have fewer than usual doc updates this month. However, we had an update to the Azure portal and as a result, you can now select each usage right individually for fine-grain control. Previously, some of the rights were bundled and if you needed to select them individually, you could only do so with PowerShell. There's also a backend change that's less obvious - group membership for scoped policies are now cached in the same way that group membership is cached for the Azure Rights Management service.
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What’s new in the documentation for Azure Information Protection, January 2018
- Updated the Firewalls and network infrastructure section, with a tip about how to quickly check whether your client-to-service connection is being terminated. For example, your firewall might be terminating the secured connections to do packet inspection. Kudos to Tom Moser from our Customer Success team for passing on this tip for how to check this from the client. Our friends in Office have also added a link to this section from their much-referenced Office 365 URLs and IP address ranges documentation.
- Updated the section about group membership caching. Previously, only the Azure Rights Management service cached group membership for performance reasons. Now, the Azure Information Protection service also caches membership for scoped policies. This is a "behind the scenes change" that you are unlikely to notice during normal use but will notice if you are in the testing phase and trying out different scoped policies.
- A new prerequisite that many customers are finding for the latest Office 2016 Click-to-Run versions: You might need to enable support for legacy monitors to prevent the Azure Information Protection bar from displaying outside the Office app.