Something special for Mac users. Get your IRM on in Office 2011 for Mac.

Finally. All you Mac users can IRM protect your Office content with Office 2011 for Mac.

If you want to start playing with this functionality you need to install SP1 RC (I suggest installing it in a test environment), on your WS2008 R2 RMS server. This will give you a sweet file in your certification directory called maccertification.asmx.

To set it up, you need to follow these instructions.

There you go. Now we all get to wear our 'big boy' pants and play in the sandbox together. 🙂


Comments (9)

  1. Anonymous says:

    O.K. Just noticed that the comments section was open for this one. My bad.

    @Manoj There will not be a maccertification.asmx file in the certificatioexternal directory because that is for federated users, and there is no way to make a mac work with a federation as of yet. On a windows PC you need to add a registry key called FederationHomeRealm, but on a Mac this doesn't exist so I suspect that is the reason.

    @Jesee ConfigStatus is exactly that. It is the provisioned state of ADRMS. 1 = Installed, 2 = upgrade needed 3 = provisioned. 😉

    @Lathan Maccertification.asmx will ONLY be there if you have Windows 2008 R2 with SP1 installed. It is not available on any version of Windows 2008 non R2.

  2. Manoj Kumar4 says:

    I tested this in my lab and it is working preety well. but i see the " maccertification.asmx " file is not their in Cetification External Directory. is this Ok ?

    As i am anot able to get the same workable on Mac Book over ADFS 2.0.

    — Manoj Kumar

  3. Jesse Vaughan says:


    What exactly does the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftDRMSConfigStatus value do?? Also do the Macs need to be joined to the domain?  


    Jesse Vaughan

  4. Lathan Ashton says:

    any answer on Manoj question?

    we have the same issue and the registry change and upgrade processed completed correctly but you the MacCertification.asmx is still missing.

    how do we obtain this file ?



  5. Bob Kellogg says:

    Manoj – did you run the upgrade wizard for ADRMS once you installed R2 SP1?  You will find it in the system32/rms directory.  The file name is Microsoft.RightsManagementServices.UpgradeWizard.exe.  The step is listed in the IRM in Office for Mac 2011 Deployment
    Guide that can downloaded from…/confirmation.aspx

  6. Lathan says:

    we are running service pack 2 on windows server 2008 enterprise.

    the upgradewizard completed the process correctly but we are still missing the MacCertification.asmx file

    office mac 2011 cannot open RMS docs

  7. Lathan says:

    we have AD RMS supporting office mac 2011 perfectly! but some Mac computers are unable to open protected files. users receive 'You do not have permission to access this file' the user can open it on another mac and windows computers.

    i cleared out the DRM folder and also removed any keychain saved passwords. when the user trys to open a file it downloads the DRM files including the use license and then fails. the mac is able to download the RMS policys from the server.

    any suggestions?

  8. Ricky says:

    I know this is an old thread but i was hoping someone could provide an answer. I’m trying to get my AD RMS server 2012 R2 to work with Mac office 2011. All works well with Windows machines but it doesn’t for Macs. It attempts to connect to the ADRMS server,
    but comes back with "your computer isn’t setup to use restricted permissions"

    Hope someone can help..

  9. Jason says:

    I have same issue with Ricky, 2012R2 RMS is not working on Mac Office 2011.
    I cannot find Microsoft.RightsManagementServices.UpgradeWizard.exe file.

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