It’s been a busy time this past month in the IP team here at Microsoft. We’ve introduced a new AD RMS SDK 2.0 and AD RMS Client 2.0 and today I’d like to announce we have a new AD RMS powered application, Rights Protected Files Explorer (RPFe). RPFe is a great news for customers as it helps expand the power of generic file protection. RPFe is like compressed (zipped) folders where you can store the files in the .RPF folder and then apply policy on the folder itself. So if your organization has files that are not natively supported by AD RMS, RPFe is for you. Future blog posts will elaborate on more on the RPFe scenarios for IT admins and solution developers.
I’ll let our expert, Gagan Gulati, explain about this RPFe release!
Hi folks, I’m Gagan and I’m the program manager for RPFe and I am very pleased to be able to be giving you the news about this new application that you can start using today for free in your AD RMS deployments!
Rights Protected Folder Explorer (previously known as Generic File Protection or GFP) is a Windows based application that allows you to work with Rights Protected Folders. A Rights Protected Folder is similar to a file folder in that it contains files and folders. However, a Rights Protected Folder controls access to the files that it contains, no matter where the Rights Protected Folder is located. By using Rights Protected Folder Explorer, you can securely store or send files to authorized users and control which users will be able to access those files while they are in the Rights Protected Folder.
Rights Protected Folder Explorer works with Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) in your organization’s network to control access to Rights Protected Folders. When you create a new Rights Protected Folder, Rights Protected Folder Explorer allows you to select a policy to protect the contents of the Rights Protected Folder, or you can create a custom policy. The policies that you can select from are set by your network’s AD RMS administrators and are the same policies you can use in such applications as Microsoft Word or Microsoft Outlook to protect documents and messages.
Rights Protected Folder Explorer supports both UI based support (for end-user interaction) and basic command line support for automated solutions.
RPFe is available for download here
RPFe documentation can be found here.
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