Microsoft Data Classification Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help enable an organization to identify, classify, and protect data on their file servers. The out-of-the-box classification and rule examples help organizations build and deploy their policies to protect critical information on the file servers in their environment.
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    August 2011

    File Name:

    Microsoft Data Classification Toolkit.msi

    Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2012 R2 - Release Notes.rtf

    Date Published:


    File Size:

    3.8 MB

    152 KB

      The Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2012 R2 is designed to help you to:
      • Identify, classify, and protect data on file servers in your private cloud
      • Provide support for deployments of Windows Server 2012 R2, as well as for mixed deployments of Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
      • Easily configure default Central Access Policy across multiple servers
      • Build and deploy policies to protect critical information in a cost-effective manner
      In this release, we have enabled support for Windows Server 2012 R2 (in addition to supporting Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1) and fixed a number of bugs:
      • The ‘Import’ and ‘Deploy’ pathways through the GUI have been updated to behave the same as Import-FileClassificationPackage: if a given baseline provides configuration for RMS tasks, these are used by default.
      • Downleveling between versions of Windows Server has been improved and expanded to take in to account differences between Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012/2008 R2.
      • The toolkit’s SCOM query has been updated to automatically use the management pack for Windows Server 2012 R2 FSRM.
      • The provided query for querying the Microsoft Assessment and Planning toolkit has been updated to account for the change in schema in version 8/9.
      Streamline your data compliance efforts. The toolkit provides support for configuring data compliance on file servers running Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 to help automate the file classification process, and make file management more efficient in your organization.

      Simplify your central access policy configuration experience. The latest version of the toolkit allows you to provision and standardize central access policy across a forest and apply default access policies on your private cloud file servers. The toolkit also provides tools to provision user and device claim values based on Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) resources to help simplify configuring Dynamic Access Control. You can also easily track and report existing Central Access Policy on file shares.

      Manage File Classification like a Pro. The toolkit offers a GUI and Windows PowerShell cmdlets to help you configure, update, and monitor your deployments of Windows Server’s File Classification Infrastructure the way you want!

      Use the Data Classification Toolkit to help your organization successfully plan and maintain data classification programs in these critical areas:
      • Identifying applicable IT GRC sensitive documents.
      • Defining the corresponding classification and protection policies.
      • Encrypting sensitive documents to protected them from unauthorized breaches.
      • Preserving evidence that demonstrates the implementation of effective controls.
      Note: Use of the Microsoft Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2012 R2 does not constitute advice from an auditor, accountant, attorney or other compliance professional, and does not guarantee fulfillment of your organization’s legal or compliance obligations. Conformance with these obligations requires input and interpretation by your organization’s compliance professionals.

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  • Supported Operating System

    Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

    • The following steps provide an overview of how to use the Data Classification Toolkit. Additional information can be found in the User Guide and the Reference Guide workbook, both of which are included with the toolkit:
      1. Create or designate a server running Windows Server 2012 R2 File Classification Infrastructure to be used in customizing configuration packages.
      2. Review the contents of the ‘Data Classification Toolkit Reference Guide.xlsx’ with the appropriate IT professionals, auditors, accountants, attorneys or other compliance professionals in your organization to define or review your organization’s data classification and protection policies.
      3. Identify the predefined file classification configuration package example .xml files that most closely match your file classification requirements.
      4. Import one or more predefined file classification configuration packages into the server identified in Step 1 using the Classification Wizard or the Import-FileClassificationPackage cmdlet.
      5. Customize the file classification configuration on the server using File Server Resource Manager to match your organization’s policies.
      6. Review the results of the policy as implemented. If it meets your requirements, proceed to Step 7. If not, return to Step 5 and adjust the configuration.
      7. Export the configuration to a package .xml file using the Classification Wizard or the Export-FileClassificationPackage cmdlet.
      8. Import the customized package .xml file created in the previous step to the production file servers using the Classification Wizard or the Import-FileClassificationPackage cmdlet.
      9. Compare the file server classification configuration against the established baseline customized package to determine configuration compliance.
      For more information, see the sections "Using the Data Classification Toolkit Classification Wizard" and the cmdlets "Import-FileClassificationPackage" and "Export-FileClassificationPackage" in Appendix A, "Data Classification Toolkit Cmdlet Reference", in the User Guide.
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