Archive for the ‘Training’ Category

Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016 Now Available

August 11, 2016 Comments off

I am very excited to announce that my new DirectAccess book, Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016 from Apress media, is now shipping! The book is available on popular online sites like, Barnes & Noble,,, and others. The book is also available in electronic formats such as Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook, as well as a variety of subscription formats including Safari, Books24x7, and SpringerLink.

Implementing DirectAccess with Windows Server 2016

This book contains detailed and prescriptive guidance for the planning, design, implementation, and support of a DirectAccess remote access solution on Windows Server 2016. It also includes valuable insight, tips, tricks, and best practice recommendations gained from my many years of deploying DirectAccess for some of the largest organizations in the world.

Current DirectAccess administrators will also find this book helpful, as the majority of content is still applicable to DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. In addition, the book also includes essential information on the design and deployment of highly available and geographically redundant DirectAccess deployments.

Troubleshooting DirectAccess can be a daunting task, so I’ve dedicated an entire chapter in the book to this topic. For those responsible for the maintenance and support of DirectAccess in their organization, this chapter alone will be worth the investment.

Be sure to order your copy today!

Forefront UAG 2010 Video Training Course Now Available

I’m happy to announce that my latest Trainsignal video training course is now available! This new video training course is on Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010. It is an introductory course on Forefront UAG designed to teach network engineers and security administrators the basic essentials of planning, preparing, installing, configuring, monitoring, and maintain a Forefront UAG 2010 remote access solution. In the course I demonstrate how to publish popular Microsoft on-premises applications like SharePoint and Exchange Outlook Web App (OWA). In addition I cover publishing Remote Desktop Services and VPN remote access. I also provide a high level explanation of endpoint detection and endpoint policy enforcement and demonstrate how to provide high availability for the solution. Here is the entire course outline:

Lesson 1 – Introduction and Course Outline
Lesson 2 – Forefront UAG 2010 Overview
Lesson 3 – Planning to Deploy Forefront UAG 2010
Lesson 4 – Installing and Configuring Forefront UAG 2010
Lesson 5 – Configuring a Portal
Lesson 6 – Publishing Exchange Outlook Web App
Lesson 7 – Publishing SharePoint
Lesson 8 – Publishing Remote Desktop Services
Lesson 9 – Configuring VPN Remote Access
Lesson 10 – Enabling Endpoint Detection
Lesson 11 – Configuring High Availability
Lesson 12 – Web Monitor Overview
Lesson 13 – Forefront UAG Backups

Once again I had the opportunity to work with my good friend and fellow Microsoft MVP Jordan Krause on this course. As he did in my previous Trainsignal video training course on Windows Server 2012 DirectAccess, Jordan served as the technical reviewer and provided valuable insight that ultimately made the course better. If you’re planning to implement Forefront UAG 2010 to provide secure remote access to both managed and non-managed systems and devices, be sure to sign up for a subscription at today! Not only will you have access to this video training course on Forefront UAG 2010, you will gain access to the entire Trainsignal library of content, including my course on Windows Server 2012 DirectAccess, all for just $49.00 per month!

TrainSignal Windows Server 2012 DirectAcess Video Training Course

Windows Server 2012 DirectAccess Video Training Course Now Available

March 11, 2013 1 comment

Recently I announced the availability of my Windows Server 2012 DirectAccess video training course at TrainSignal. Click here to read the full story!

TrainSignal Forefront TMG 2010 Training

January 9, 2012 2 comments

Are you looking for Forefront TMG 2010 training? If so, take a look at TrainSignal’s Forefront TMG 2010 training package. This is a comprehensive video training course that includes 8 hours of video instruction over 21 modules. Scott Lowe does an excellent job of delivering the course, which is available online and on disc. I had the privilege of serving as the technical reviewer for this video training series, so I can assure you the material is exceptional.

If you are planning to deploy Forefront TMG 2010 in the future, or perhaps you are considering a migration from previous versions of ISA server to Forefront TMG 2010, the TrainSignal Forefront TMG 2010 video training series is an excellent investment. Check it out now!

Southern California IT Professionals Association September Meeting

August 29, 2011 Comments off

On Thursday, September 8 2011, I will be presenting an overview of Microsoft Forefront edge security solutions at the Southern California IT Professionals Association monthly meeting. During the session I’ll be providing an overview of Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 and Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010, discussing common deployment scenarios, and highlighting the similarities and differences of the two solutions.

I will also be giving away copies of the Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Administrator’s Companion and the Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010 Administrator’s Handbook. The event begins at 6:30PM PDT and will be held at the CSU Fullerton campus in Irvine. For more information and to RSVP for the event, click here.

Hope to see you there!

Phoenix Unified Communications User Group

March 14, 2011 Comments off

Are you interested in learning how Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 can protect your Microsoft Exchange implementation? If so, join me at the Phoenix Unified Communications User Group meeting at 4:00PM on Wednesday, March 30 2011 in Tempe, AZ where I’ll be presenting on the topic. We’ll discuss how to leverage TMG to protect Outlook Web App, Exchange ActiveSync, OutlookAnywhere, and SMTP communication. This month’s meeting is being held at the new Microsoft building. The address is:

Microsoft Corporation
60 E. Rio Salado Parkway
12th Floor
Tempe, AZ 85282

You can register for the event here. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

September 13, 2010 Comments off

Over the next few months I’ll be traveling and speaking frequently, giving presentations at conferences, delivering training classes, speaking at seminars, and more. I’ve created an Events page here to keep everyone informed about where I am and what I’m doing. Chances are good that I’ll be in your part of the world sometime this year or next, so register for one of the events and introduce yourself!

Implementing Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Free Training Event

September 13, 2010 8 comments

Are you interested in attending a FREE Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 training course? If so, I’ll be delivering a two-day instructor-led TMG training program at the Microsoft office in Bellevue, WA on October 6 and 7, 2010. The event is sponsored by Microsoft and Celestix Networks. Attendees will learn how to design and deploy the latest TMG solutions for web access, remote access, and mail protection. The course includes classroom and hands-on lab training. Visit the event page for more information and to register.