Microsoft UAG/TMG replacement

So everyone knows that Microsoft’s Unified Access Gateway (UAG) and Threat Management Gateway (TMG) are going away but there’s been no announcement yet on their replacements, or even if they are going to be replaced.

Something that caught my eye about Windows Server 2012 R2 was this:

Web Application Proxy, a feature of the Remote Access role, provides administrators with the ability to selectively publish corporate resources to remote users for secure conditional access

This to me sounds like some of the reverse publishing features in UAG and TMG are being incorporated into the core operating system… Maybe they’ll be a light weight add on to Windows Server 2012 R2 that’ll incorporate the portal functionality of UAG?


Posted on 4 June, 2013, in Microsoft, Windows Server 2012. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. who says UAG is going away?

    • No one – just my personal opinion.

      However one of the main benefits of UAG, being simplified Direct Access (the 6to4 translation) has been incorporated in to Windows Server 2012 and with the new Web Application Proxy feature in Windows Server 2012, much of the UAG feature set has been incorporated in to the base OS.

      That’s not say they’ve not got an Ace up their sleeve but the development of the product has been extremely slow and very quiet recently. It took until Feb 2013 for service pack 3 to be released to allow Windows 8 clients to use UAG! It’s not like they didn’t know it was coming!

      I would expect to see a replacement being announced at TechEd in Madrid as there is a 2nd keynote address. At TechEd North America they announced Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2014 – the three big server level cash cows. Exchange 2013 and SharePoint 2013 have only just been released and are way too early in their life-cycle for major updates (just think the work they’d have to do for Office 365!). Windows 8.1 has been announced for the build conference. They’ll probably just announce some new surface devices, smaller screens and Haswell chipsets.

      I really like UAG but it is somewhat clunky compared to the newer applications and there is zero Powershell support.

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