The Road to RC Needs Telemetry

Hello Community: I wanted to provide an update to everyone where we are at with the upcoming release and also put out a call to action for some help.  First of all, an update on the product release.  We have just internally completed our escrow test pass cycle for the upcoming release candidate (RC) version. …


TMG Network Inspection System (NIS) – “Attention Required” Feature

Network Inspection System (NIS), the vulnerability signature component of TMG’s Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), offers automatic and manual flagging of specific NIS signatures in TMG UI for future reference. Similar to important or unread emails flagging in outlook, NIS flags specific signatures for the administrator attention. Manual Flagging for Attention You can flag any signature…


Announcing the Availability of Forefront TMG URL Filtering Telemetry Package

  URL Filtering Telemetry Package and Coverage Enhancements   With Forefront TMG Beta3, we introduced URL filtering leveraging the Microsoft Reputation Service (MRS). As we approach the Forefront TMG release candidate and release to market, we are working to improve the coverage and accuracy of our URL filtering offering and fine-tune it to address the…


An Inside View: The Road From Beta to RTM

Hello Community:   I have not blogged in a while, so I thought I would provide some insights on what the team has been busy with since releasing Beta 3 in June.  First, we have released a number of updates to NIS through Microsoft Update, our Beta 3 tools and SDK and also updates on…


Joining Microsoft Telemetry community with Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) Beta 3

Facing cybercrime, threatened by multiple network threats with never sufficient mitigations, how many times did you wonder: “I wish that there was something extra I can do”? One thing you can do is to join the Microsoft Telemetry Service. By joining the Microsoft Telemetry Service you will have direct impact on the quality of our…


Configuring Network Inspection System (NIS)

  Network Inspection System (NIS), the vulnerability signature component of TMG Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), comes with a pre-defined recommended policy out of the box – this is the recommended configuration for NIS.  Nevertheless, NIS supports granular control and policy configuration to comply with your specific organization needs, troubleshooting and investigation requirements. In this blog,…


Bing Safe Search, ISA Server and Forefront TMG

Introduction With the release of Microsoft’s new search portal (AKA decision engine), the Bing team has offered a couple of methods by which you can filter out unwanted content; generally classified as “explicit”.  Unfortunately, the first method outlined in the Bing blog doesn’t help ISA or TMG users. To help make this easier for firewall…


URL Filtering is Here!

Quick Introduction Hi Everyone, We are proud to introduce as part of Forefront TMG Beta3 one of the key elements in the Secure Web Gateway (SWG) role of Forefront TMG – URL Filtering. URL Filtering allows controlling end-user access to Web sites, protecting the organization by denying access to known malicious sites and to sites…


Forefront TMG Beta 3 is Released

Hi Everyone: Our third and final planned beta is upon us and I am proud to announce that Forefront TMG Beta 3 is not only feature complete, but it is publicly available for everyone to download.  This is an important milestone for the team as we are for the first time publicly previewing our integrated…


A Few Words on the TMG Firewall Client

One of the more common questions I have heard recently from customers is: “Do I need to deploy the new TMG Firewall Client (FWC) to interoperate with TMG on down-level clients?”  The very simple answer is no.  The previous versions of the (ISA) firewall client work just fine with TMG and accordingly, the TMG FWC…