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  • Blog Post: UAG DirectAccess and the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security – Things You Should Know

    Both the Windows DirectAccess and the UAG DirectAccess solutions are heavily dependent on the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security. DirectAccess clients take advantage of both firewall rules and Connection Security Rules. Connection Security Rules are IPsec rules that control the IPsec tunnel mode...
  • Blog Post: Deep dive into UAG DirectAccess (Certificates)

    I hope you survived my last blog post about IPv6. Today I’m joined by a fellow member of the UAG team: Max Braitmaiere, who is a software design engineer in the UAG DirectAccess team, Max designed many of the UAG DirectAccess specific features. Let’s discuss today the certificate configuration in...
  • Blog Post: Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010 is released!

    We are proud to announce that Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010 is Released To Manufacturing (RTM). Evaluation version (timebombed for 120 days) is already available on the web, c lick Download button below to try it now. The commercial version of Forefront UAG will be available early...
  • Blog Post: Enabling Hyper-V Management through DirectAccess

    Lots of folks have bemoaned the fact that Hyper-V manglement through DirectAccess (DA) is (at best) inconsistent. To understand why this is so, we have to understand a bit about how Hyper-V and DA work from a network perspective. In order to support the bi-directional connectivity required by Hyper-V...
  • Blog Post: Deep Dive Into DirectAccess – NAT64 and DNS64 In Action

    In the previous posts my colleague Ben provided an overview of Forefront UAG DirectAccess and its NAT64 and how it is different from NAT-PT . In this post I will show a step-by-step example of how UAG DirectAccess NAT64 and DNS64 work together to provide DirectAccess users access to IPv4 machines on...
  • Blog Post: Deep Dive Into DirectAccess - Part 2

    Hi, My name is Ben Bernstein and I’m a Program Manager for the Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) team. This is a follow up blog post to the blog post I recently made . “Do Do Do DA DA DA is all I want to say to you” (Gordon Sumner) I hope you are intrigued by DirectAccess (DA). Today...
  • Blog Post: Deep dive into UAG DirectAccess (Manage Out Basics)

    Today, I’m just going to be brief for a change, and discuss what we refer to as “Managed Out” scenarios. I want to thank Pat Telford a consultant in Microsoft, specializing in DirectAccess deployments among other things, for helping with this subject. Like I mentioned in one of my first posts ...
  • Blog Post: Deep dive into UAG DirectAccess (IPv6 and DirectAccess)

    Technorati Tags: uag - Unified Access Gateway , DirectAccess , IPv6 , DirectAccess and IPv6 , IPv6 prefixes , NAT64 , DNS64 Ok, this time it’s going to be a long dive, hold your breath :) I’ll skip my usual grandiose introduction, since there are many things I want to share today… NAT64 and...
  • Blog Post: Connecting DirectAccess Clients to SAP

    When a DirectAccess client computer is on the Internet, it connects to the corporate network using DirectAccess. All communications between the DirectAccess client and DirectAccess server are done over IPv6 (encapsulated by an IPv4 tunnel to carry the IPv6 traffic over the IPv4 Internet). In fact, the...
  • Blog Post: UAG Update 1 is available!

    I am happy to announce the availability of Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010, Update 1. UAG Update 1 can be downloaded from Microsoft Download Center, here . In addition, UAG Update 1 is also available via the Microsoft Update channel. The accompanying KB article (KB981323) details the contents...
  • Blog Post: DirectAccess Policy Management – Have it your way!

    Forefront UAG 2010 makes extensive use of group policy objects for client provisioning, corporate servers, and the gateway itself. Customers familiar with this capability asked for more. More flexibility defining objects, and more control over their naming, placement and creation. Here are a couple of...
  • Blog Post: The Mystery of the IP-HTTPS Listener, an Outlook Client and an IPv4 Only Network

    A customer presented the DirectAccess team with an interesting problem that brought together many pieces of how a DirectAccess works, and how things might not work in certain circumstances. Because the problem was an interesting one, and because it highlights how some features of DirectAccess work, we...
  • Blog Post: UAG 2010 SP1: The New and Improved DirectAccess Features

    We received some great feedback from customers about deploying DirectAccess in their organizations. One notable quote was “it works like magic!” Our customers also told us how we can make the product better by adding features and making existing features easier to manage. After discussions and prioritization...
  • Blog Post: Deep Dive Into DirectAccess - Part 1

    Hello, My name is Ben Bernstein and I’m a Program Manager for the UAG team. As a follow up to Nitzan’s blog post DirectAccess support in UAG , I want to share with you some additional thoughts. Broadband internet connections have been commoditized to a point where anyone can use a 3G broadband...
  • Blog Post: Introducing UAG DirectAccess solution

    As the PM lead responsible for the UAG DirectAccess, I’m proud to present our solution based on the new and exciting technology introduced by Windows 7 Direct Access. If you want to learn more about this technology click here . Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) utilizes DirectAccess...
  • Blog Post: UAG DirectAccess monitoring and troubleshooting in UAG 2010 SP1

    After deploying your UAG DirectAccess environment, you need to ascertain that it’s up and running, and is providing the remote access as planned. There are a few things you’ll want to check: Are all the relevant services up and running? Were there any failures? Are there users currently connected to...