Recently I had the pleasure of reviewing the Fastvue Dashboard product for Forefront TMG 2010 at ISAserver.org. Fastvue is a real-time dashboard that integrates with Forefront TMG to provide a nearly instantaneous view of traffic being controlled by your TMG firewall. Although the real-time dashboard is a nice feature, if you’ve spent any time at all with Forefront TMG 2010’s native reporting tools you know that TMG is severely lacking in this area. A major limitation of Forefront TMG 2010’s in-box reporting is that the reports are generated using summarized data. Data summarization occurs only once daily, so reports can be lacking essential information if you are looking for recent activity. In addition, the native reports are static and one-dimensional. If a report reveals something interesting that you want to know more about, creating and generating a new report is required.
Thankfully the good folks at Fastvue recognized these shortcomings and have addressed many of these issues with their latest release. Fastvue v2.0 now includes full historical reporting capabilities, with detailed company overview and user investigation reports that can be shared via e-mail. Reports can also be scheduled to run automatically. The reports are highly interactive, allowing the administrator to dynamically drill down to generate more granular reports in an instant.
The current version of Fastvue is priced at $395.00 per TMG firewall. The newest version will be priced at $795.00 per server. However, for a limited time, readers of my blog can purchase Fastvue v1.0 for the current price and receive a free upgrade to v2.0 when it is released. Click here to download a trial of the software and to take advantage of this offer!
A hotfix rollup for Forefront TMG 2010 SP2 is now available. The hotfix rollup resolves several reported issues with TMG, including:
KB2654016 – A client may be unsuccessful in accessing a Java SSO application published to the web by Forefront TMG 2010
KB2653703 – “Error: Subreport could not be shown” error message in the User Activity or Site Activity report in Forefront TMG 2010
KB2654585 – UDP packets may become backlogged when you increase the “maximum concurrent UDP sessions per IP address” setting in Forefront TMG 2010
KB2624178 – Forefront TMG 2010 administrators may be unable to generate reports
KB2636183 – Both sides of a TCP connection are closed when the client or remote application half-closes the TCP connection in Forefront TMG 2010
KB2653669 – Summary information for the Top Overridden URLs table and for the Top Rule Override Users table display incorrect information in Forefront TMG 2010
KB2617060 – Forefront TMG 2010 enables L2TP site-to-site connections in RRAS
KB2655951 – Japanese characters in the subject line of an Alert email message are not readable in the Japanese version of Forefront TMG 2010
KB2654068 – “The Web Listener is not configured to use SSL” warning message may occur when you configure a Web Listener to use a valid SSL certificate in Forefront TMG 2010
KB2654193 – You receive a “Bad Request” error message when you try to access Outlook Web App published by Forefront TMG 2010
KB2654074 – String comparison may become case-sensitive when you published a website using Forefront TMG 2010
KB2658903 – Forefront TMG 2010 firewall service (wspsrv.exe) may crash frequently for a published website secured by SSL after you install Service Pack 2.
Hotfix rollup 1 for Forefront TMG 2010 SP2 can be downloaded here. After applying this update, the new Forefront TMG 2010 build number will be 7.0.9193.515.