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DirectAccess Network Deployment Scenarios

When DirectAccess was first introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2, and continuing with Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010 DirectAccess, there was a hard requirement for the DirectAccess server to be configured with two network interfaces; one internal, and one external. The external network interface also required two consecutive public IPv4 addresses and did not support placement behind a Network Address Translation (NAT) device.


SharePoint publishing through TMG vs. UAG: Capabilities and Benefits

Many of our customers wonder if it is better to use TMG or UAG for Sharepoint publishing, or whether either should be used at all. The answer, while not complex, involves some consideration of the relative capabilities and benefits of both pieces of software. In this post we will try to outline the key differences which will answer these questions. This post will give you a high level overview of the basic differences between the two.

Best practices when deploying TMG URL Filtering

Microsoft Threat Management Gateway 2010 brings a lot of new and enhanced features to edge network security. Ever since Microsoft started with Proxy Server 2.0, and then ISA Server, URL filtering has always been something which administrators have wanted. Every company has their own IT policies and most companies want to restrict their users from visiting inappropriate or unsafe websites during their office hours from company-owned machines.

UAG 2010: Error "Applying Network Access Protection configuration failed"

 

Problem:

When trying to activate the configuration on a UAG server, you might find that the activation failed and you can see the following error messages in the status window:

Error: Applying Network Access Protection configuration failed.

UAG 2010: Error "An unknown error occurred while processing the certificate. Contact the site administrator"

A client that is trying to access an SSL enabled application on a backend server (e.g. Exchange) that is published through the Forefront UAG portal gets an error, specifically:

“An unknown error occurred while processing the certificate. Contact the site administrator”.

The cause:

UAG 2010 RTM: Integrating NAP Policies

Microsoft UAG 2010 can be integrated with Windows NAP (Network Access Protection) to make sure that the computers comply with the IT policies before user’s login into the UAG portal. Windows Network Access Protection is part of Windows 2008 and 2008 R2 servers. No extra hardware or licensing is required to implement Microsoft NAP in an environment. Moreover, there are simple settings in UAG for integrating NAP to do policy enforcement.

UAG 2010: Removing an Installed UAG Update from nUAG Appliance

When you install an update for Microsoft Forefront UAG, it does not appear under the Windows control panel > Add/Remove programs. So, If you have to remove it for some reason then how do you remove an update? Well, UAG has an in-built script to remove the previously installed updates. The script is located at

nTMG: FTP Server Publishing in TMG

 

Open the Microsoft Threat Management Console and right click on the Firewall Policy and select "Non-web Server Protocol Publishing Rule". A new server publishing rule wizard will appear. Give a name for the publishing rule and click next.

UAG: Publishing VMWare View using Forefront Unified Access Gateway

Supported client OS: Windows XP 32bit and Windows Vista 32bit

UAG & DirectAccess: Some of my applications don’t work on DirectAccess, what should I do?

This is a very common situation which people might face when deploying Microsoft DirectAccess technology. Before going into how to work around this we need to know why the applications which work in internal network would fail to work on DirectAccess connectivity.

Let’s go through few types of applications and the reasons why they might fail to connect

Client/Server Applications

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