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Forefront TMG 2010 End of Life Statement

September 12, 2012 54 comments

Note: This post updated on 4/22/2015 to reflect current information about the status of the Microsoft Reputation Service (MRS) after December 1, 2015.

Today, Microsoft announced the Forefront TMG 2010 product will be discontinued. Microsoft will continue to provide mainstream support for TMG until April 14, 2015, and extended support until April 14, 2020. The Forefront TMG 2010 Web Protection Services (WPS) will be discontinued on December 31, 2015. Beginning on January 1, 2016, Web Protection Service (URL filtering) will cease to function and the Microsoft Reputation Service (MRS) will be shutdown permanently. Virus and malicious software scanning and the Network Inspection System (NIS) will continue to operate but will no longer receive updates.

The end of life for Forefront TMG 2010 comes as part of sweeping changes made to the entire Forefront protection suite of products. In addition to ending development of Forefront TMG 2010, Microsoft also announced that Forefront Protection for Exchange (FPE), Forefront Protection for SharePoint (FPSP), Forefront Security for OCS (FSOCS), and Forefront Protection Server Management Console (FPSMC) are all being discontinued. Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE), which has been a part of Office 365, is being renamed Exchange Online Protection.

Looking ahead, Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010 and Forefront Identify Manager (FIM) 2010 R2 both have current roadmaps and will continue to be developed, although it is likely that they will not continue under the Forefront brand name.

Addressing Security Issues with PPTP VPN in Forefront TMG 2010

August 22, 2012 9 comments

At the recent DEFCON hacking conference, security researchers demonstrated a method to crack the MS-CHAPv2 authentication protocol with a 100% success rate. MS-CHAPv2 is used as the default authentication method for remote access VPN in Forefront TMG 2010.

With the public availability of tools to automate the cracking process, PPTP communication using MS-CHAPv2 should be considered unencrypted. There are two options available to mitigate this concern: disable MS-CHAPv2 and enable EAP with PPTP, or disable PPTP and switch to a more secure remote access VPN protocol such as L2TP/IPsec or SSTP. Enabling EAP requires the use of smart cards or certificates for authentication which makes implementation more challenging. SSTP is an excellent option as it leverages SSL/TLS to protect the MS-CHAPv2 authentication process. However, SSTP is only supported on Windows Vista SP1 and later clients. L2TP/IPsec is another good choice, and although it does support certificates it can also be configured using a pre-shared key. If long, complex passwords are used and care is taken to ensure that the password is well protected, it can provide a secure remote access solution.

Forefront UAG 2010 Service Pack 2 Now Available

August 6, 2012 8 comments

Forefront UAG 2010 Service Pack 2 is now available for download. In addition to the usual bug fixes and system updates, UAG SP2 includes new features such as AD FS 2.0 multi-namespace support and support for additional mobile client devices such as Android 4.x, iOS 5.x, and Windows Phone 7.5. Before installing Forefront UAG 2010 SP2 you must first install SP2 for Forefront TMG 2010. When installing Forefront TMG SP2 on a UAG array, be sure to install TMG SP2 on the UAG array manager first, and then install TMG SP2 on the remaining UAG array members. Here are some links to important Forefront UAG 2010 SP2 information:

 
Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010
 

New DirectAccess Blog

For anyone interested in news and information about Microsoft DirectAccess, I have started another blog at directaccess.richardhicks.com. With this blog I’ll be writing about DirectAccess in Windows Server 2008 R2, Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010 DirectAccess, and DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012. In addition, I’ll be touching on topics related to VPN and remote access in general, IPv6, and core networking. DirectAccess is the way of the future for managed client remote access, so I would encourage you to follow my blog and stay up to date with this wonderful technology. Of course I’ll still continue to write about edge security and Forefront TMG 2010 here, don’t worry!

Mastering Microsoft Forefront UAG 2010 Customization

December 2, 2011 4 comments

Recently my good friends Ben (Erez) Ben-Ari and Rainier Amara announced their new book Mastering Microsoft Forefront UAG 2010 Customization, which is scheduled for release early next year. As many of you know, Ben is the author of the Microsoft Forefront UAG 2010 Administrator’s Handbook, an essential reference for anyone working with Forefront UAG 2010. The new book focuses on customization, which is one of the features that make Forefront UAG 2010 a powerful and compelling remote access solution. I have the tremendous privilege of serving as the book’s technical reviewer, and as I am getting an advanced look at Ben and Rainier’s work I can tell you this book will be a must-have for anyone working with Forefront UAG 2010. The book will be available in print and e-book formats and can be pre-ordered here.