Forefront changes, TMG is no more

Threat Management Gateway and ISA before it provided a pretty simple way to get client connectivity to Exchange mailboxes from the internet. Microsoft have announced changes to the Forefront roadmap, which when you consider the next wave of server products and partner solutions makes sense.

Discontinued, but supported:

  • Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE)
  • Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint (FPSP)
  • Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (FSOCS)
  • Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 (TMG)
  • Forefront Threat Management Gateway Web Protection Services (TMG WPS)

This kind on makes sense, for example Exchange 2013 comes with a basic level of protection built-in and a lot of organisations will already have a third party mail gateway or service deployed on the “perimeter”. The CAS role has also changed resulting, as Hosters have been doing it for years, in reduced risks in exposing this to the internet (via HLB etc).

Direct Access will play a big part in remote access, the UAG cash cow (heavy on licencing compared to TMG) will also continue as a product.