I told you it was going to happen! The Forefront Intelligent Application Gateway 2007 (IAG 2007) is going virtual. That's right. You now have the choice between a hardware IAG SSL VPN appliance, or you can drop a IAG 2007 SP2 virtual appliance into your Hyper-V network.
I can't overemphasize how important this is to the IAG community. In the past, the community was fairly small, since only a limited number of people had access to IAG for testing and evaluation. The only way to test and evaluate in the past was to request a hardware unit from one of the many excellent IAG SSL VPN hardware OEMs.
Now, with the release of the IAG SP2 .vhd, you'll be able to drop the virtual machine onto your network for testing, see if it is good as we think it is, and then decide whether you want to continue with a virtual appliance, or a hardware appliance. There are advantages to both options, but the key issue here is that now you have the chance to play with it in your own lab, not just in "virtual labs".
John Neystadt, an architect on the IAG team, has lots more to say about this. Check out John's blog post over at http://blogs.technet.com/edgeaccessblog/archive/2008/11/26/iag-sp2-goes-virtual.aspx for more details.
And -- look forward for extended coverage of the IAG SP2 here on ISAserver.org once the .vhd is released!
Thomas W Shinder, M.D., MCSE
Sr. Consultant / Technical Writer