As most of you are aware, Microsoft discontinued its Forefront Suite some time ago; around September. Buying these products is no longer possible.

The products below has been discontinued:

  • 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)

Many of us were using TMG in our environment and this comes as a huge blow to most administrators, TMG had great features and was easy to configure and administer.

UAG has been often cited as a replacement for TMG but might not be the solution to your environment. TMG was doing firewall and proxy server (both forward-proxy and reverse-proxy), great for accelerating internet for users and securing your network.

UAG on the other hand cannot do forward-proxy for you. Even as a reverse proxy it has certain limitations. One great feature I find with UAG is the fact that you can publish multiple applications on 1 Single IP, we know that IPv4 is kind of going rare these days.

Also UAG makes it super easy to deploy DirectAccess. However PPTP and L2TP VPN is not available with UAG which was in TMG.

UAG is not that cheap also.

Searching for a replacement is not easy specially when you’ve been used to TMG. There are lots of appliances and UTM out there doing the same.

Opensource also might be an answer to this, but then having open source in a product environment, not so recommended.

Good Luck with your Search!