Hyper-V Update to Improve Network Stability

If you’ve deployed your ISA Server, Microsoft IAG, Forefront TMG or Forefront UAG on Hyper-V R2 and noticed that a connection between the guest and the virtual switch starts “acting odd”, perfoms poorly or becomes disconnected entirely, you  may want to apply this update: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974909 Thanx to the Hyper-V team for this update!  Jim Harrison,…


Office Web Components Advisory, ISA Server and Forefront TMG

Hello Community: I would like to clarify some points for you regarding the security advisory that was released on 13 July.  Microsoft Security Advisory 937432 provides information about a vulnerability in Office Web Components (OWC) and links to a mechanism to help mitigate this vulnerability. As many customers have noticed, ISA Server 2004 and ISA…


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…


Error Installing SQL Server 2005 SP2 Security Update 948109 on TMG

If you run a TMG server, you may have noticed that SQL 2005 SP2 Security Update KB948109 fails to install and leaves error code 2BC3.This occurs because the TMG report website operates on port 8008 and this confuses the patch installer. There is good news, though; this patch is superceded by KB954606 which installs just fine…


Did you miss it? The Launch of Windows Essential Business Server 2008

Last week, Microsoft announced the General Availability of Windows Essential Business Server 2008 (http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2008/nov08/11-12WESSPR.mspx).  In September of this year, I had announced to the community that we had released to manufacturing the first version of the new Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) as part of the Windows Essential Business Server 2008 (EBS) release.  See:  http://blogs.technet.com/isablog/archive/2008/09/16/announcing-forefront-threat-management-gateway-medium-business-edition.aspx.   …