The next version of the ISA firewall has been officially released! That's right. The King is Dead, Long Live the King! There will be no more ISA firewalls in your future, but don't fear. A new and more powerful ally will come to your side to protect your networks better than ever before. That new firewall is the Forefront Threat Management Gateway (Forefront TMG).
The first version of the Forefront TMG to hit the streets is in fact not a standalone product, but an a key component of the integrated Essential Business Server suite of products. This version of the Forefront TMG firewall is called Forefront Threat Management Gateway, Medium Business Edition (Forefront TMG MBE). The Medium Business Edition of the Forefront TMG firewall is configured for you by the sophisticated installation wizard included with EBS. When installation is complete, the Forefront TMG firewall has all the Publishing and Access Rules in place to secure your EBS network right out of the box.
Forefront TMG, Medium Business Edition adds to the security provided by the old ISA firewall by adding UTM capabilities. There is now an integrated Web anti-malware scanner, so that you no longer need a third party product to block malware. There are a couple of other new features that you'll be interested in, and I'll cover those in future articles on the Forefront TMG MBE here on the ISAserver.org.
Let's welcome the release of the new Forefront TMG! For more information check out David Cross's announcement at https://blogs.technet.com/isablog/archive/2008/09/16/announcing-forefront-threat-management-gateway-medium-business-edition.aspx
Check out a useful demo of the new EBS product suite at http://www.microsoft.com/ebs/en/us/demos.aspx
Thomas W Shinder, M.D., MCSE
Sr. Consultant / Technical Writer
Prowess Consulting www.prowessconsulting.com
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MVP — Forefront Edge Security (ISA/TMG/IAG)