March 30, 2015 Alan Kepper

How to Handle Your Microsoft TMG Replacement

Microsoft announced a discontinuation of the Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) effective 14 April 2015. This deadline is fast approaching, and for those of you who haven’t planned for it, we’re here to help.

Most customers have used TMG to easily publish Microsoft applications using its authentication services and single sign-in capabilities. This is despite that fact that it was primarily marketed as security services including firewall, IPS and VPN.

Fortinet’s FortiWeb Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) is our recommended replacement for TMG to publish Exchange, SharePoint, Lync and OWA as well as any other web application.

Over and above TMG’s offerings, FortiWeb provides advanced security and web application firewall protection for web-based applications.

Let’s compare the two

Here’s some key feature comparisons between the Forefront TMG and the new FortiWeb offering:

Fortinet comparison

Summary

FortiWeb offers the same key features to make publishing Microsoft applications really easy; the layer 7 load balancing and authentication management.

Single sign-on features are fully integrated into FortiGate as well as comprehensive security functions including AntiVirus, Intrusion Prevention, Web Filter and Application Control. Users can also opt to implement their FortiGate as a transparent firewall,a hybrid approach or as a transparent proxy on the network.

FortiGate can also detect potentially harmful programs to more than one vendor. Please see the full list here.

Laminar can help you with your FortiWeb installation just in time for the TMG discontinuation deadline. Call us on 3177 0899 to set your time.

About the Author

Alan Kepper Alan has been in the ICT business for more than 35 years. He is an entrepreneur and operates Laminar Communications. He is an active (Fellow) member in the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also sits on the boards of other technology start-ups and is a board member of EO, the Brisbane Chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organisation. Alan is an IT networking engineer and is considered an expert in WiFi as well as other wireless technologies. Alan is the company Director, both managing Laminar and continuing to engineer and implement innovative designs and solutions.