Forefront UAG 2010 End of Life Statement

December 17, 2013

Today, Microsoft announced the end of life for the Forefront UAG 2010 product. Microsoft will continue to provide mainstream support for UAG until April 14, 2015, and extended support until April 14, 2020. Existing customers with active Software Assurance on their existing UAG licenses as of December 1, 2013, may add new UAG server instances, users, and devices without having to purchase additional UAG licenses. In addition, existing customers who have purchased Forefront UAG server licenses will be given upgrade rights to Windows Server 2012 R2, which provides some of the remote access features found in Forefront UAG. For example, Windows Server 2012 R2 supports DirectAccess, client-based VPN, and reverse web proxy with new Web Application Proxy role.

With regard to license upgrade rights, users are entitled to a Windows Server 2012 R2 license for each Forefront UAG server license (or External Connector license) they currently own. Software Assurance for UAG can still be purchased until January 1, 2014. Forefront UAG 2010 will be removed from the pricelist on July 1, 2014. Forefront UAG 2010 will continue to be available from Microsoft OEM hardware partners like Celestix Networks for the foreseeable future, however.

  1. Bruce
    January 30, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Richard, I haven’t seen anything that gave Microsoft’s reasons for discontinuing their TMG and UAG products. Do you have any insight that you can share?


  2. January 30, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    You won’t find anything definitive in writing from Microsoft on this topic, Bruce. My feeling is that discontinuing edge security solutions like Forefront TMG and UAG was a strategic decision more than anything else. Neither of these products fit in to their cloud strategy at all. You can read more insight from Hal Berenson, a former Microsoft executive and one who had responsibility for Forefront TMG and UAG, here:

  3. Gary Geddes
    July 10, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Richard – is there any advantages (or disadvantages) to using Win 2012 R2 RRAS as a replacement for TMG 2010 for publishing Exchange and Lync 2013? We are preparing for the upgrade and were thinking of moving off TMG to Server 2012. R2 features look equivalent to TMG, is that the case?

  4. July 11, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Hi Gary,

    RRAS itself does not support application publishing, but the new Web Application Proxy (WAP) role of Windows Server 2012 R2 might work for you. You can read more about WAP here:

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