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Oracle® Fusion Middleware External User Support Guide for Oracle Information Rights Management Desktop

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1.6 General Use Considerations

This section describes the executable processes and local rights caches to which users must have access, and describes the extensions to applications provided by Oracle IRM Desktop.

1.6.1 Executable Processes

Oracle IRM Desktop uses a process called IrmBackground.exe for a variety of activities. This process automatically starts when the user logs in. The user account must be able to run this executable.

OracleIRMServiceHost is installed as a service to enable indexed search.

1.6.2 Local Rights Caches

Oracle IRM Desktop manages local rights caches, one per user, on the user's system.

For Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003, the local rights cache is in the following folder:

%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Oracle

For Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008, the local rights cache is in the following folder:


Additionally, for indexed search, Oracle IRM Desktop manages a system-wide cache in the following folder:


The user account needs full access to the appropriate folder.

1.6.3 Extensions to Applications

Oracle IRM Desktop provides extensions to applications as follows:

  • Sealing in Windows Explorer. The Oracle IRM Desktop sealing component is a standard Windows shell extension. The shell extension adds sealing-related options to Windows Explorer. For example, if the Oracle IRM Desktop sealing component is enabled, the Windows Explorer File menu offers options to seal and reseal documents of supported formats.

  • Searching in sealed documents. The search component installs a standard file filter that enables Windows search facilities and the Microsoft Indexing Service to search and index sealed documents, subject to the user's rights.

  • Email integration. The Email component integrates sealing options into Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes. This enables users to send sealed emails and reply to them, subject to the user's rights.

  • Microsoft Office integration. The Office component integrates sealing options into Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint.

By default, the Oracle IRM Desktop sealing component and the search component are enabled, whereas email integration is not. These components can be enabled or disabled from the Oracle IRM Desktop Options dialog.