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Win a Signed Copy of Forefront TMG 2010 Administrator’s Companion

December 6, 2011

To celebrate the end of a very successful 2011 for my blog, I am giving away another copy of the Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Administrator’s Companion signed by all of the authorsJim Harrison, Yuri Diogenes, Mohit Saxena, and Tom Shinder!

Microsoft Forefront TMG 2010 Administrator's Companion

To be eligible to win, all you have to do is comment on this post and tell me how I, or one of my blog posts, helped you with a particular issue. On Friday, December 30, 2011, I will select one lucky reader to receive this book. As an added bonus, I will also include a copy of Yuri Diogenes and Tom Shinder’s Deploying Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010, also signed by both authors!

Enter now for a chance to win this great prize! I will ship the book to any country too. Sorry, previous winners are not eligible.

  1. Dave
    December 6, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I use your blog for general TMG/ISA information and guidance along with heads up issues such as the bug you posted about TMG SP2. Most recently I used your information for FTP access issues.

  2. December 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Richard

    Congratulations your blog is very helpful for me and I am a faithful reader of all your posts …

    However, the post that I like is “Access to the Web Proxy Filter on Forefront TMG 2010 is Denied” I did not know how the process of authentication of a request work.

    Hopefully Richard Hicks has for many years more …


  3. ITforMe
    December 6, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    I only get to choose one issue? 🙂 The posts have been extremely valuable. One of the more recent situations had to do with my wpad.dat not behaving as I expected. Everything looked right, but I went back to reread the post you made on 9/27/2011 on Configuring wpad for TMG. I saw the mistake I made, corrected it, and all was good.

  4. Richard
    December 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Not an issue but reading you blogs and tweets made my mind up on going for a TMG celestix appliance!

  5. December 7, 2011 at 12:21 am

    I was looking for an answer to use TMG for a guest network and you provided the answer, personally, by email.

    It allowed me to build a solution that was innovative and changed the way we approach Tables, Smart phones and guest devices.

    It led to these articles


    Thanks to your re-tweet it was even picked up by isaserver.org


    Ironically this made it a “Technical peer approved solution” that was found by my manager doing his own research on the subject of tablets…

    And it all started with an answer by email 🙂

  6. Petar Petrov
    December 7, 2011 at 12:21 am

    The most recent post I used was about slipstreaming SP2 for TMG – great time saver !

  7. David Gargan
    December 7, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Hi Richard

    Over the last few weeks I’ve been cleaning out errors from a clients tmg array and your blog post didn’t just point me in the right direction it saved me hours of work

    Thank you

  8. December 7, 2011 at 2:22 am

    There is one really special post for me, it was the one that made me discover FastVue, a simple easy ans scalable solution to monitor TMG, without this post I would never have discover such a good products. So thanks

    If it was a specific case where we use one of your post that really help us, i would say it was the one that explain How to Slipstream Service Pack 1 for TMG, we really beneficiate from that when we started building an infra for one of our most valuable client 🙂

    Anyway, thanks for your hard work Richard, you really make it easy for us :p

  9. Ahmet Abdagic
    December 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Richard

    Congratulations your blog is very helpful for me and for community on global level.
    Thanks for support and very very hard work you realise and make it for us and global community.
    I long time expect that you see in “Security Talk” and finaly i see you and i’m very happy.
    Best Regards

  10. December 8, 2011 at 9:29 am

    This blog helped me in innumerable ways, I check your tweets for updates on TMG, interesting snippet of configuration advice and generally come by it quite often when looking up some TMG specific design or implementation issue I’ve ran into.

    This blog, and your tweets on TMG are one of the top three most helpfull resources on TMG for me (combined with Yuri’s posts on Technet and ISAserver.com (by Tom)).

  11. Jack Spradling
    December 10, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Love your work

  12. David Gibson
    December 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Your blog is generally very useful on all matters ISA/TMG … however, one thing sticks out as something I never knew:

    On a clustered TMG, using a virtual IP as a proxy – proxy authentication uses NTLM (up to TMG SP2), rather than Kerberos.

  13. December 12, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Tweet on expert need geographically close to the Netherlands – with 15min an answer and a ping out to the concerning guy – Reading your blog and being involved in SharePoint made me instantly put your book on my WishList at Amazon.

    Allthough a signed copy is cool and a great memory I would be far more interested in the other pages in the book 🙂

  14. December 13, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I started working on UAG and DirectAccess about a year ago. We had to deploy DA in 5 datacenters across the world. Soon we were to find out that the basic product just did not do all out of the box. Especially the multi-site setup was a huge challenge untill I found Tom Shinder’s blog. It was via Tom’s blog that I found yours. For me the information and links you provide are extremly valuable. It has giving me insight into the products and has enabled me put all pieces together and get our 10k users online.It continues to be my first stop for any UAG/DA question I encounter!
    I am thankfull for your contribution to the online community and can only say keep up the good work! For the upcoming MVP awards you have my vote!

  15. Jonathan Works
    December 13, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Hi Richard. Thanks so much for your great website resource. Not only do your articles help answer many questions, I also apprecaite your help answering follow-up TMG questions after I attended your TMG/UAG training class you did in Portland Oregon at the Microsoft offices back in 2010.

  16. Jon Holt
    December 13, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I have not found a post that hasn’t been helpful so I can’t pick just one.

  17. Christopher J C
    December 13, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Hi Richard,

    I usually don’t troubleshoot TMG, so I don’t get a chance to apply your resolutions 🙂 However I do read each one of them just to keep my knowledge updated. My work involves building images for appliances and I found the following posts very useful and time saving:


    https://tmgblog.richardhicks.com/2010/10/11/how-to-determine-tmg-version/ – This was helpful when we do some automated tests which involve decisions based on TMG version.

    https://tmgblog.richardhicks.com/2011/03/15/preparing-forefront-tmg-2010-for-enterprise-workgroup-deployment/ – This apart from other deployment scenario posts was helpful when I needed to do some deployment tests.

    https://tmgblog.richardhicks.com/2011/06/28/security-configuration-wizard-for-forefront-tmg-2010-and-windows-server-2008-r2-sp1/ – After instaling SP1, I was not sure why the TMG roles were not being registered. Though it involves the minutest change, it really affects the build if it it not done, as the TMG role are not registered and hence we have to prepare the image again.

    Thanks for such a wonderful blog,

  18. December 19, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I have another one – prompted by your tweet. Last week you confirmed that a script for HTTPS compression rules in TMG is not in you book. I told my manager and he felt it might be time to review our setup as it seems odd that we need to use an ‘exotic’ approach for publishing SharePoint and a SAP portal through the same TMG (that was/is the underlying reason).

    After this rollercoaster problem I feel inspired to take a TMG course or read a TMG book.. hmm but where could I get a good book on the subject …..

  19. December 21, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Hi Richard,

    I frequently visit this site for TMG news/Support.

    My latest visit to the site was to seek information when updating our rather large EMS array to Service Pack 2.

    The post I’ve found most helpful so far would be configuring Splunk to aggregate TMG data to inspect metrics and logs.

    Thanks for the help,



  20. Karthik S
    December 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm


    We as a team use your blogs for resolving a lot of TMG/ISA issues everyday.. your training sessions, blogs and posts have helped us a lot during implementations, resolving complex issues, narrow down things, etc… I have also spent a lot hours discussing a lot of issues with you over the phone call..You know about it… 🙂 so i think this time it would be great if we receive the book from you signed by all the authors..:)

  21. Reda
    December 24, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Hi Richard,

    your blog helped me in finding out that ServerManagerCMD is being replaced by the powershell commandlet ServerManager with its different subcommands.

  22. bvc
    December 28, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Richard, thank you once again for your great work.
    Last issue your blog helped me with was about the slipstreaming sp2 into rtm version. Thus I reinstalled the purchased TMG version directly over a trial one (updated to SP2). That saved me hours of work (exporting configuration, certificates, custom https ports, etc., uninstalling the trial version, installing the rtm, sp1, su1, sp2, importing back everything,…). Thank you.

  23. December 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Congratulations to Etienne Liebetrau, the lucky winner of the Forefront TMG 2010 administrator’s companion signed by all four authors – Jim Harrison, Mohit Saxena, Yuri Diogenes, and Tom Shinder! Etienne will also receive a copy of Deploying Forefront TMG 2010, also signed by the authors – Yuri Diogenes and Tom Shinder.

    Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway. I appreciate your support tremendously and I look forward to hearing from you again in the future. For those of you who didn’t win, keep following me here, or on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. I’m sure to have more signed books to give away next year. Stay tuned! 😀

  24. December 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Beyond any doubt, the article https://tmgblog.richardhicks.com/2011/05/23/forefront-tmg-2010-web-proxy-auto-detect-fails/ was very helpful in one of my labs with TMG, SharePoint Server 2010 and SQL Reporting Services (installed in the same VM as TMG).

    Thanks for the added value of your articles!

    Have a Happy New Year!


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