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  • Blog Post: Faster, Higher, Stronger – UAG Performance

    Everybody’s always talking about performance, but what does it really mean? In this post I’m going to describe some of the behind-the-scenes work we’ve been doing on UAG performance. Performance improvements are a major area of focus for this release. First and foremost, in UAG we switched to 64-bit...
  • Blog Post: Load Balancing Backend Servers Farms

    Applications that are published using UAG can benefit from its built-in load balancing functionality. Multiple backend servers can be configured per application, and Web Farm Load Balancing (WFLB) will take care of distributing traffic across the different servers and maintaining clients’ affinity. ...
  • Blog Post: Forefront UAG tracing is available

    Forefront UAG tracing is available UAG 2010 introduced a new trace mechanism that is based on Event Tracing for Windows (ETW); a high-performance, low overhead, scalable tracing mechanism that is provided by the Windows operating system. UAG tracing provides detailed failure and debugging information...
  • 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 UAG RC0 is on its way…

    From the producers of Forefront UAG Beta, we're proud to present you with (drum roll…) Forefront UAG Release Candidate 0!!! Over the last couple of months we've been listening to your feedback and working on incorporating it into UAG. We put an increased focus into improving overall product...
  • 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: Comparing UAG and TMG arrays

    Judging from a number of newsgroup posts, there is some confusion about differences and similarities between TMG Beta 3 arrays and UAG Beta 2 arrays. So I thought a quick summary might be useful: TMG Beta 3 comes in two flavors – Standard edition and Enterprise edition. Enterprise edition provides...
  • Blog Post: Remote Access Technologies of the World – Unite!

    When the design of UAG began a few years ago we noticed that our customers had multiple boxes on their network edge providing remote access. They had IP VPNs, SSL VPNs, E-Mail relays, mobile gateways, terminal services gateways - but there was no remote access solution. This is exactly what we set out...
  • 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: Updated Forefront UAG SP3 tracing is now available

    We have an updated tracing package now available from the Microsoft Download center page for Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) Tracing Symbols . This new trace package includes formatting for all UAG versions through Service Pack 3 Rollup 1 and includes the SP3 enhanced context tracing to more easily...
  • Blog Post: Forefront UAG Release Candidate 0 (RC0) is here!

    So we promised you RC0... Now it's here! Check out the previous post to read a bit about the new features we introduced. Click to get the bits: Download We value your thoughts and ideas Your feedback is important to us! We use it to continue improving our product so that it will best serve...
  • Blog Post: IPv6 Must be Enabled on the Forefront UAG Server’s External Interface

    Since many customers have not utilized IPv6 prior to the advent of DirectAccess, some of them disabled IPv6 as part of their standard server build process or image (as described in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929852 ).  While we don’t recommend this (see the ‘Argument Against Disabling IPv6...
  • 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: UAG Array and Network Load Balancing

    One of the major new features in this UAG release is ‘array’. An UAG array is a set of machines that share the same configuration (trunks, applications, etc.) and is managed as a unit. It maps to our ‘Enterprise Readiness’ pillar, and provides the following benefits: Increased Availability Increased...
  • 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: Introducing Forefront Unified Access Gateway

    Hi! In the last blog post Oleg wrote about the UAG Beta becoming available in a couple of weeks. I've been working with the team for the past nine years and I'm now excited to give you an overview of what we actually did in the new Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG). If we were to describe where...
  • Blog Post: Considerations for Exchange Publishing

    UAG does a great job of streamlining secure messaging, with a publishing experience that is framed into a set of easy to follow steps. Nonetheless, before you start there are a couple of considerations to bear in mind: Choosing between a dedicated mail trunk or mail applications contained in a...
  • 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: Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 Service Pack 3 is available for download

    We are happy to announce that Service Pack 3 for Forefront UAG 2010 is now released . UAG 2010 Service Pack 3 is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center , as an upgrade from UAG 2010 Service Pack 2 . Here are details about the new features included in Service Pack 3 for UAG...
  • 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: 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: Forefront UAG Beta 2 Docs

    Along with the Forefront UAG Beta 2 download, the UAG user experience (UE) team has launched a brand new UAG content library over at TechNet ( http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd861463.aspx ). This content is designed to help you plan, deploy, and maintain your UAG servers, and is organized...
  • 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: What’s in UAG for the end-users

    In this blog we usually talk about the technologies, how to get better/easier/simpler connectivity, how to simplify deployments and manage them easily. Still, we hardly ever talk about what matters most, the people we really care about – our end users, remote workers who are using UAG to get access to...