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  • Blog Post: TechEd 2009: A Preview of Forefront TMG and URL Filtering

    Hi Everyone: As some of you may have noticed, Microsoft announced last week at the RSA Conference several partnerships and how Microsoft is introducing reputation services and providing these capabilities to our security products and solutions. Forefront TMG will be one of the first systems and...
  • Blog Post: Office Web Components Advisory, ISA Server and Forefront TMG

    Hello Community: I would like to clarify some points for you regarding the security advisory that was released on 13 July. Microsoft Security Advisory 937432 provides information about a vulnerability in Office Web Components (OWC) and links to a mechanism to help mitigate this vulnerability. As many...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Forefront Experts Blog

    Hello Community: I have not been posting as much directly here on the technical blog as the rest of the team. I hope you are enjoying the wave of technical content that is now coming out about the upcoming TMG release. This was based on direct feedback and in response to your demand. Let us know what...
  • Blog Post: Forefront TMG 2010 Email Protection Updates

    First I would like to start this post by emphasizing a recently article that was published at Tales from the Edge , that explains how to configure Exchange Sync with Forefront TMG 2010, here it is the link for it: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee513174.aspx . Also I want to remind you about...
  • Blog Post: Forefront TMG Administrator's Companion Goes to the Printers

    http://blogs.msdn.com/microsoft_press/archive/2010/01/13/forefront-tmg-2010-administrator-s-companion-sample-chapters.aspx If you didn't know, Forefront TMG 2010 is the subject of a new Administrator's Companion from Microsoft Press. This book has been sent to the printer and is expected to be found...
  • Blog Post: The Road to RC Needs Telemetry

    Hello Community: I wanted to provide an update to everyone where we are at with the upcoming release and also put out a call to action for some help. First of all, an update on the product release. We have just internally completed our escrow test pass cycle for the upcoming release candidate (RC...
  • Blog Post: TMG 2010 – Error “setup failed while registering Forefront TMG managed performance monitor” prompted while installing or repairing the TMG installation

    It can happen while installing Forefront TMG 2010 or during a repair that we hit the following error: To this error is also normally linked to the ISA managed control service not starting correctly and errors as the following in the application event viewer: On the other hand it is also possible to hit...
  • Blog Post: Resolving TMG Array Join Failures - Reporting Server Leftovers

    Introduction Forefront TMG 2010 provides an enhanced array management feature known as array join / disjoin. This article describes a problem that may be encountered as a result of a failure during this process, the solution you can apply as well as a discussion of how and why this problem occurs...
  • Blog Post: Access to remote FTP server through TMG 2010 may fail with error 550 (Access Denied)

    Hi everybody! In this article we will see how to troubleshoot an issue with accessing an FTP server behind TMG 2010. Imagine we have the following situation: a client PC on an internal corporate network want to access a remote FTP server through TMG 2010 using an FTP client such as, for example...
  • Blog Post: A Few Words on the TMG Firewall Client

    One of the more common questions I have heard recently from customers is: “Do I need to deploy the new TMG Firewall Client (FWC) to interoperate with TMG on down-level clients?” The very simple answer is no. The previous versions of the (ISA) firewall client work just fine with TMG and accordingly, the...
  • Blog Post: Forefront TMG 2010 Capacity Planning Tool Now Available

    The Forefront TMG 2010 Capacity Planning Tool , a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet with built-in workflow, is now available for download. Forefront TMG now has two resources that can help you determine the server hardware required for your deployment: · The TechNet article Forefront TMG 2010 hardware...
  • Blog Post: Forefront TMG 2010 troubleshooting flowcharts on TechNet

    The following Troubleshooting Web access protection topics have been released recently to Forefront TMG 2010 TechNet documentation , including troubleshooting flowcharts, diagnostics, and resolutions to various issues: Troubleshooting URL filtering —This topic provides guidance for diagnosing and resolving...
  • Blog Post: An Inside View: The Road From Beta to RTM

    Hello Community: I have not blogged in a while, so I thought I would provide some insights on what the team has been busy with since releasing Beta 3 in June. First, we have released a number of updates to NIS through Microsoft Update, our Beta 3 tools and SDK and also updates on how to use System...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2009: Post Show Feedback

    Hello Community: I first wanted to thank everyone who came to our session(s) – with Yigal and myself, we had a standing room only crowd and I apologize to those of you who were turned away since the room was over capacity. We hope to be announcing soon the availability of Beta 3 publicly, and I know...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the availability of TMG Best Practices Analyzer Version 8

    I am happy to announce to the community that the next version of Forefront TMG Best Practices Analyzer Tool (TmgBPA version 8) has been released and is now publicly available. TmgBPA is used by TMG administrators to verify proper configuration, and to help troubleshoot TMG-related issues. TmgBPA is...
  • Blog Post: Update on the Office Web Components Advisory

    Hello Community: I wanted to provide an update the last post as it appears there has been some confusion around the affected components and releases. The potential threats due to this vulnerability are discussed specifically in Microsoft Security Advisory (973472) . The reason ISA Server 2000 and...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Availability of ISA/TMG Best Practices Analyzer Version 7

    I am pleased to announce to the community that the next version of the Microsoft© ISA Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool (IsaBPA version 7) has been released and is now publicly available. Now the first question many people ask me is can this be used for the Forefront TMG beta : and the simple answer...
  • Blog Post: Compiling Forefront TMG 2010 SDK Samples

    The Software Development Kit (SDK) for Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 is available for download from the Microsoft download center here . We have received a number of questions about issues compiling the SDK samples and wanted to share a few tips with you. Preparing Your Environment...
  • Blog Post: Updated and New Tales From the Edge Articles

    Hi Folks, Our doc team has been burning the midnight oil for us keeping our articles up-to-date and relevant! We have some new or updated articles available for your reading pleasure: 1. (updated) Security Considerations with Forefront Edge Virtual Deployments 2. (updated) Considerations when using...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows Server Update Service for the TMG Update Center

    Introduction With the recent release of TMG and its dependency on Microsoft Updates for Network Inspection System (NIS) and Enhanced Malware Protection (EMP) updates, this seems like a good time to help you create a policy that will ensure TMG successfully obtains updates through your Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Routing mania or why removing a route from the operating system doesn’t change the routing in Forefront TMG

    In this blog I will describe how you work with network routes in Forefront TMG Medium Business Edition and Forefront TMG 2010. That is, routes as found in the IP routing table… The problem Imagine that you just installed your Forefront TMG Server (either Medium Business Edition or 2010). You run step...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Availability of Forefront TMG URL Filtering Telemetry Package

    URL Filtering Telemetry Package and Coverage Enhancements With Forefront TMG Beta3, we introduced URL filtering leveraging the Microsoft Reputation Service (MRS). As we approach the Forefront TMG release candidate and release to market, we are working to improve the coverage and accuracy of our...
  • Blog Post: UDP Updates Exception List Script for ISA Server and Forefront TMG (Updated for MS09-016)

    Why do I need this? < UPDATE May 12 2009 > Since the release of Security update MS09-016, some ISA and TMG administrators have observed the same behavior as seen when they installed the UDP Update package. Tihs happened because all ISA and TMG updates are cumulative, that is; they all are built...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Update to Improve Network Stability

    If you've deployed your ISA Server, Microsoft IAG, Forefront TMG or Forefront UAG on Hyper-V R2 and noticed that a connection between the guest and the virtual switch starts "acting odd", perfoms poorly or becomes disconnected entirely, you may want to apply this update: http://support.microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: How to Validate NIS Signature State

    Introduction Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past year or so, you’ve heard of Forefront TMG 2010 and the Network Inspection System (NIS) feature it includes for identifying protocol abuse and detecting evil bits within the protocols. While I was wandering aimlessly through my Forefront...