Important Information Regarding Changes to Forefront Product Roadmaps

Important Information Regarding Changes to Forefront Product Roadmaps

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AnnouncementToday, as a result of our effort to better align security and protection solutions with the workloads and applications they protect, Microsoft is announcing changes to the roadmaps of some of the security solutions made available under the Forefront brand.

  1. As part of this effort, the next release of Forefront Online Protection for Exchange, which has long been part of the Office 365 solution, will be named Exchange Online Protection.
  2. In response to customer demand, we are adding basic antimalware protection to Exchange Server 2013. This protection can be easily turned off, replaced, or paired with other services (like Exchange Online Protection) to provide a layered defense.
  3. We are discontinuing any further releases of the following Forefront-branded solutions:
    • Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE)
    • Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint (FPSP)
    • Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (FSOCS)
    • Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 (TMG)
    • Forefront Threat Management Gateway Web Protection Services (TMG WPS)

For all the details please see the following: http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2012/09/12/important-changes-to-forefront-product-roadmaps.aspx

J.C. Hornbeck | Knowledge Engineer | Management and Security Division

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Comments
  • Are there plans for TMG2013 or other, future, TMG products or is TMG being discontinued altogether?

  • Could someone please provide a suggested migration map of the capabilities built into TMG for existing customers? Eg reverse web publishing -> MS UAG, boundary firewall -> built-in OS firewalls or third party paroduct, etc.

  • The Sophos (aka astaro) product line seems to have many of the same features.

  • Don't like to year that. However I like TMG2010 and FPE2010 and we use several licenced products in our company...

  • We really need migration map for TMG.

  • It's moments like this where Microsoft's actions are so confusing and don't add up.

    From the announcement:

        We are discontinuing any further releases of the following Forefront-branded solutions:

    Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE)

    Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint (FPSP)

    Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (FSOCS)

    Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 (TMG)

    Forefront Threat Management Gateway Web Protection Services (TMG WPS)

    and...

    "It is important to note that there are no significant changes to the Forefront Identity Manager or Forefront Unified Access Gateway roadmaps.  These solutions continue to be actively developed.  Forefront UAG 2010 SP2 was released in August 2012 and Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 was release in June 2012. "

    In summary they are dropping TMG and keeping UAG, but.... UAG uses TMG...

    “By default, Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) is installing during Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) Setup. Forefront TMG is installed as a complete product, and is not modified to run on a Forefront UAG server.” -technet.microsoft.com/.../ee522953.aspx

    Using this logic TMG continues under the UAG roadmap... or the Forefront Product Teams don't have a grasp on their own products.

  • Another baited hook for Microsoft users.  Keep this up MS, and will be forced to leave you.

  • stupid thing to drop TMG

  • What will be the new architecture of enterprise network without TMG and FPE? What and where is a migration map to?

  • My company uses ISA and TMG all over the place, reverse proxy, forward proxy and firewall features.

    what a daft decision to kill TMG, but keep UAG, the most buggy product ever.

    I am at a loss as to what one replaces it with. Any suggestions?

  • What should our customers with Full-Featured Deployments (incl. 3rd-Party ISAPI-Solutions) and Firewall-Client/-Service (THE big advantage for transparent, authenticated outbound access for tcp/udp-Connection) migrate to ? I CAN´T BELIEVE that all the features and techniques that TMG provides play no role in your shiny new On-Premises-Cloud-world ....

    Maybe it would be a good idea to provide a migration path / evolutionary road FIRST and then discontinue / cancel core products in such an important area - SECURITY !

    rgds,

    Robert

  • Sadly, that's the proof of often heard critics: you can't do IT-Security.

    Shame on you in discontinuing this absolutely great product! May the cloud rain no $ on you.

    :-(

  • It a shame that TMG is killed.

  • We planned to purchase additional TMG for branches and what now? Buy a product that will not evolve? And where and how to migrate from the well-established infrastructure(VPN/Exchange/SPoint/etc.)?

    I don't understand this attitude towards customers.

  • So: Can we expect the quality of the web reputation service queries to start getting worse and worse, or is this service still being used in other MS products that will continue?

    This whole thing is a shame, as we switched off of Websense not long ago, because the filtering in TMG was good enough for our needs.

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