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Securing an Excel spreadsheet options - RMS won't work what other options?

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My client is using office 2010 standard almost exclusively.  I just found out that RMS will only work with Office Professional.  So I need a solution that will allow me to secure certain files against save as and print or copy.  Essentially I want them to be able to view it and execute it, but not to be able to get any copy of it.

What options do I have besides AD RMS?

Thanks in advance.
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by:btan
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Maybe worth exploring the"free" RMS (once having the apps, shd see "Protect in-place" option in File Explorer )
FAQ - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/dn467883
Detailed use case - http://technet.microsoft.com/library/dn339006
e.g.
Protect a file on a device (protect in-place) by using the Rights Management sharing application.
Protect a file that you share by email by using the Rights Management sharing application.

alternative
http://blogs.technet.com/b/rms/archive/2012/04/28/ad-rms-supported-files.aspx
but understand that there is CLI type for RMS SDK using Powershell (didnt explore further though)
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/rms/archive/2013/08/21/rms-powershell-cmdlets-preview-release.aspx
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That isn't going to really work from what I can see there.  Is there a third party rights management utility we can buy?
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Azure 0365 RMS - if still open to that else something like IRM services
http://www.bluefishgroup.com/2008/introduction-to-documentum-irm-services/#head3
or eRoom style (provides shared, secure workplaces on the Web but very like Azure cloud based type) https://eroom.un.org/eRoomHelp/en/irm.htm
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So in short, no there isn't really an alternative.  Why does Microsoft limit this only to the pro suite?  The feature is a server feature, we bought enterprise server.  Why should it matter what version of office we run?  This is just annoying on microsofts part in creating a SERVER feature that you can't actually use.
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noted it may be good to confirm with Microsoft and scale up "their" IRM schemes - had hope posting has assisted thks
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There is apparently no solution as Microsoft simply insists on you buying the pro plus version of office to get one feature even though you have no use for the products outside of standard.
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