Ben Ari's UAG and IAG Blog

Plenty of useful and fun info on UAG, Microsoft's remote access and reverse-proxy product.

Ben Ari's UAG and IAG Blog

  • Certified Endpoints in UAG

    A really useful feature of UAG is the checking for Certified Endpoints. This entails installing a digital certificate on client computers, and configuring UAG to check them upon a client’s connection. If the certificate is not there, or revoked, UAG can...
  • Custom certificate authentication for UAG

    Other than chapter 6 in the UAG customization guide , I never had a chance to discuss this topic here. Lucky for all of us, my colleague Shahar Tamari from XL Group has written an extensive guide to this topic. Highly recommended read !
  • End to edge–interview with Erez Ben-Ari about DirectAccess 2012

    A few weeks ago, my esteemed colleagues Tom Shinder and Yuri Diogenes interviewed me for episode 26 of their very successful channel End To Edge .  The interview deals with Unified Remote Access 2012 (a.k.a. DA 2012) and discusses the technology...
  • UAG SP3 is now available!

    This morning, Feb 20th 2013, Service Pack 3 for UAG has been released, and is available to download here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36788 This service pack will update UAG to build 4.0.3123.10000. It’s release notes are at...
  • Troubleshooting UAG installation and update problems

    An unpleasant situation is when you’re trying to install a product or an update, and get some error message and a failed installation. If this is on a brand new installation, it could be frustrating, because you didn’t even get a chance to cause any problem...
  • Error "the specified target common name of the certificate is invalid" when launching an application from UAG

    When publishing a new application on UAG, you might find yourself receiving this error when launching the application. Even though this is a certificate error, it doesn’t mean that the certificate on UAG is bad. It actually refers to the certificate that...
  • The mysterious 403.14

    Sometimes, after activating the UAG configuration, you might find yourself receiving error 403.14 when connecting to the trunk from the outside. This looks like this: This means that the UAG website on IIS has not been configured correctly, and the error...
  • Viewing the UAG configuration directly

    When configuring a UAG server, almost everything is done using the UAG console, and typically, that would also be the primary tool for viewing the configuration. Many companies who need to have a documentation of their configuration turn to grabbing screenshots...
  • The new book about Unified Remote Access 2012 is finally out!

    This morning, the book was finally published. You can go online right now and get the eBook, and the printed copies are expected to be delivered on Jan 2nd. The information on Amazon will be updated soon, to reflect the final details. Meanwhile, you can...
  • Disaster aversion

    Nobody likes disasters, and especially not large companies who rely heavily on their servers, and cannot afford even a short downtime of most services. When UAG was released, one of the most important new changes was the ability deploy the server in arrays...
  • The URA 2012 book is almost upon us!

    I’m glad to report that I just approved the final text for the book, and it will be going into final production any second now. It still takes a bit of time to reach the online store, and probably a few more weeks for the printing to commence, but if...
  • TMG Directions

    A few months ago, Microsoft has announced that it will be discontinuing any further releases of TMG. This was surprising to some, but an expected affirmation of a long suspected move to others. Either way, this has left many people with concerns or questions...
  • The UAG Video course is out!

    Back in May, I announced the upcoming UAG video course, and I’m glad to report that it has finally been released and available to the public. The course is comprised of 40 segments describing and demonstrating various UAG functions, features and abilities...
  • UAG support for Windows 8…and other new tech

    If you’re a big fan of Windows 8 like me, you must be wondering when UAG will support it. If so, the good news is that the UAG product team has formally announced upcoming support for it. In a few short months (1st quarter of 2013), SP3 for UAG will be...
  • Make head for headers

    In a previous post, I discussed how UAG’s AppWrap and SRA mechanisms can help you solve problems and enhance functionality by performing on-the-fly modification of content that UAG processes. A lesser-known ability of AppWrap and SRA is editing HTTP Headers...
  • Remote desktop publishing on UAG fails to work on Windows 7 clients following an update in November 2012

    With the release of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, the protocol used for Remote Desktop has received a major facelift to version 8, which adds a slew of new features. In November 2012, Microsoft released an update to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008...
  • Hertz….Hertz a lot.

    I usually stay away from personal stuff in this blog, but this is one occasion where I’m about to break that rule. The special occasion is in celebration of reaching a significant milestone in my life: my first heart attack. I’m writing this tale mostly...
  • UAG, Lync Mobility and other Lync clients

    Back in October 2011, the Update to UAG (SP1 Update 1) finally added support for Lync publishing with UAG. However, much confusion has risen around to what extent Lync publishing is supported. Many customers deduced that the new UAG feature supports the...
  • UAG Error Codes

    When working with UAG, clients might run into various errors, but the error message that’s displayed to the user may not always clearly tie to the details of the problem. When a user reports a problem, the first step for the UAG administrator is to inspect...
  • UAG and Office integration

    ***Updated on 23 Jan 2013 with information about Forms-based authentication*** When publishing SharePoint servers, one key feature is office integration – the ability of Office applications to open documents from the UAG site. This might sound like something...
  • NLB modes supported by UAG

    A question that often comes up is which modes of NLB does UAG support. Initially, before UAG SP1 came out, support was limited to Unicast, even though the UAG User Interface allowed the user to select all 3 modes (Unicast, Multicast and or IGMP Multicast...
  • Publishing PeopleSoft with UAG

    PeopleSoft is an extremely popular piece of software, but publishing it with UAG has always been a serious pain. The challenge with PeopleSoft is due to the fact that the PeopleSoft server generates cookies, but the application uses client-side code ...
  • DA 2012 book announced!

    As the Unified Remote Access book nears completion, Packt publishing has formally announced it on their website . Head over there to learn more about the books content!
  • The DirectAccess 2012 book is almost here!

    Yesterday I finished writing the final chapter of the DirectAccess 2012 book (a.k.a. Unified Remote Access , or URA ) I’ve been working on for the past few months. It’s going to be about 300 pages of goodness, covering everything about this technology...
  • Windows 2012 DirectAccess (Unified Remote Access) webcast with Bala Natarajan

    Looking to learn more about DA 2012? My good friend Bala Natarajan , who is also the Program Manager for this technology within the Windows 2012 development team interviewed about this topic on MSDN Channel9. He discusses this technology in high detail...