Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Microsoft ISA Server replacement Threat Management Gateway 2010 (TMG 2010) hits Release Candidate

, posted: 12-Oct-2009 14:40

Microsoft have been working towards replacing their ISA Server products for a number of years. They are finally now coming close the release of two products that will replace ISA Server 2006. The products will not be called ISA Server 2010 Standard and Enterprise, but instead they will launch under the following names:
- Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 (TMG 2010) - Available in Standard and Enterprise editions
Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 (UAG 2010) - a higher end product aimed at larger enterprises and also incorporating the features that were previously part of the Forefront Intelligent Application Gateway 2008 (IAG 2007)

Both Forefront TMG 2010 and Forefront UAG 2010 are part of Microsoft's 'Stirling' security suite and are now in Release Candidate form which suggests the final released products should be out either very late 2009 or early 2010. As these products have taken a long time to come to this stage, I'm somewhat hesitant to predict more specific release dates. (Update Microsoft have advised both products will ship before the end of 2009)

Each product includes a raft of new features which benefit networks from a security and performance perspective such as URL filtering and antimalware inspection as traffic flows over the wire. In addition they have made the move to running on 64-bit Windows Server 2008.

Two new features that have been included in this release and have generated considerable attention are:
- Internet connection load balancing and redundancy
- SIP VOIP traffic support

Downloads here:
- Forefront Thread Management Gateway RC
- Forefront Unified Access Gateway RC0

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