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

  • 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...
  • Activation completed…Erez Ben Ari logging off

    As you can guess from the title, this is my last post to this blog. A few weeks ago, I was offered a position as a PM (Program Manager) in the IIS team, and tomorrow is my last day with UAG support. I’ve aspired to be a PM for many years, and that dream...
  • Lync publishing on UAG

    Following SP1 Update 1, UAG now supports publishing of Lync. This, however, has some important considerations that need to be followed, with regards to the trunk configuration and the certificates. Even though the Lync application can be added to ANY...
  • What’s the deal with “Public host name”?

    As you may have noticed, some of the application templates in UAG have a setting for a “public host name”…like this: This is known as an “application specific hostname”, or A.S.H for short. You can find this option in the Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010...
  • Trunk cannot be activated due to Invalid External Port address

    Users who upgraded their UAG server to Update 1 may receive an error upon activation “Error: Trunk <Trunk name> cannot be activated due to the following: Invalid External Port address. Please choose a different port.” This situation may happen if...
  • DirectAccess 2012…the book!

    As most of you probably heard, with the release of Windows Server 2012 , DirectAccess is now tightly integrated into the server operating system. This is a significant development for this technology, which will make it much more available and affordable...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • My UAG, my terms!

    For legal reasons, most website operators are required to include a terms of use text on the front page of their website. Similarly, many UAG administrators need to add such text to the UAG’s login page. Thankfully, UAG supports customizing the login...
  • Types of updates available for UAG

    ***As of April 2013, this page is no longer being kept current, as I have left the UAG support team. Please visit UAG's Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Forefront_Unified_Access_Gateway for updated information*** A few days ago...
  • Exciting news about UAG!

    I have some exciting news to share about UAG! The next update, dubbed internally as "SP-free" is going to follow SP3 and will make UAG free and ad-supported! With this, the activation time will be fixed at 45 minutes and display up to 4 ads...
  • 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 and TMG update order

    I’ve referred to types of updates available in another blog post , in which I also list and update all available UAG updates. I also wrote about the update order in another post . However, it appears the topic is still a source of confusion, so I’ll dedicate...
  • UAG and certificates.

    A topic that has come up many times is the use of certificates with UAG. As it happens, using certificates has several aspects, as pertaining to UAG, so here’s a summary of the various uses we have for certificates. 1) Client Certificate Authentication...
  • Book smarts (UAG Book)

    During the time I’ve been working with IAG and UAG, many customers and visitors to this blog asked me about the availability of public material about the products. Other than the various blogs and official documentation, as well as occasional public course...
  • UAG Tracing made simple

    ***Updated on Sep 20th 2012…see below*** Unlike many software products, where most errors are presented by the application’s user interface, many of the issues you might encounter have little or no visual indication of what’s going on. In those cases...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • UAG, ADFS, Mobile devices and O365

    Two questions that come up often with regards to UAG is its support for the following two scenarios: 1. Publishing Office 365 (O365) 2. Accessing a UAG trunk that’s configured with ADFS authentication through mobile devices. With the release of UAG SP2...
  • 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...
  • Want to do some customizations?

    If so, then I have some great news for you. PACKT publishing just announced my upcoming book – “ Mastering Microsoft Forefront UAG 2010 Customization ”. I’ve been working on it for a few months with my colleague Rainier Amara from Microsoft in the UK...
  • UAG vs TMG

    I typically dedicate my posts here to more technical and in-depth stuff, but I figure it’s time I address this issue as well, as I’ve seen in come up in many discussions. With all the acronyms in the security world, it may be hard to know which product...
  • Custom Form Login SSO how-to

    One of the most important abilities of IAG is the single sign on, which lets connecting users access to internal applications without having to re-type their username and password. IAG contains multiple SSO mechanisms, but on some occasions, one might...
  • UAG SP1 Update 1 is available!

    A few days ago, on October 13th, Update 1 for UAG SP1 has been released. This update contains many fixes, as well as enhancements, such as: 1. Support for Lync publishing (hot topic!) 2. Support for Office Web Apps (with SharePoint 2010) 3. Additional...