Further details and guidance regarding discontinuation of TMG Web Protection Services

As discussed in the following blog, the Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) Web Protection Services will be discontinued on December 31st, 2015:- http://blogs.technet.com/b/applicationproxyblog/archive/2015/11/02/important-reminder-for-forefront-threat-management-gateway-tmg-web-protection-services-customers.aspx We wanted to provide some additional details on what this will affect and recommendations on actions you should be taking. The services that will be affected by this are:- – URL Categorization-…


URL Filtering and Blocked URL requests on the Dashboard

From time to time we come across the question why are the values of the Blocked URL requests at URL Filtering increasing on the dashboard, although the URL Filtering feature is disabled. In this post I would like to explain, what exactly we can see there. The first value represents the number of the denied…


Common Q&A about TMG URL Filtering database

URL filtering is one of Forefront TMG’s most popular features. The feature makes use of a cloud service, also known as Microsoft Reputation Services (MRS) for URL categorization purposes. In this post we’d like to address some of the more frequent questions we’ve received regarding the URL filtering database and the cloud service. What is…


Forefront TMG 2010 troubleshooting flowcharts on TechNet

The following Troubleshooting Web access protection topics have been released recently to Forefront TMG 2010 TechNet documentation, including troubleshooting flowcharts, diagnostics, and resolutions to various issues: Troubleshooting URL filtering—This topic provides guidance for diagnosing and resolving URL filtering common issues, and a flowchart to help you troubleshoot and resolve the following issues: Incorrect or unknown…


Forefront TMG 2010 Web Protection Services Licensing

Introduction Forefront TMG 2010 adds two new subscription-based features, known collectively as Forefront TMG Web Protection Services (WPS). These features include URL Filtering (URLF) and Anti-Malware or Enhanced Malware Protection (AM or EMP). One thing that makes these features unique within Forefront TMG is that they are licensed separately from Forefront TMG itself. This blog…


TMG Customer ID for Reputation Services

In a previous blog entry, we announced the availability of the Microsoft Reputation Services Feedback and Error Reporting Portal (beta). The portal’s purpose is to allow anyone the ability to provide feedback to Microsoft on URL classifications. When a block page is presented to the end user, Forefront TMG includes a link offering the opportunity…


MRS Feedback and Error Reporting Portal (beta) is live

As you may know, the Forefront TMG URL filtering feature is using categorization data provided by Microsoft Reputation Services (MRS). Improving the quality of categorization data is an ongoing process. In a recent post, we highlighted some of the steps taken in order to improve the coverage and accuracy of the URL database. This included…


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…


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…