Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 Service Pack 2 is available for download

Microsoft has recently released Microsoft Forefront UAG 2010 Service Pack 2 which is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center, as an upgrade from UAG Service Pack 1 Update 1. Besides improved support for Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 and mobile device supoort (Windows Phone 7.5, iOS 5.x, Andriod) with this service pack 25 issues are solved in Forefront UAG 2010.

Here are some details about what is included in Service Pack 2 for UAG 2010:

  • Improved SharePoint 2010 support

    Forefront UAG 2010 SP2 enables users to authenticate to a trunk by using Microsoft Office Forms-Based Authentication (MSOFBA) when the trunk uses Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) 2.0 for authentication.

  • Improved Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) 2.0 support

    You can provide remote and partner employees with access to published applications that have AD FS 2.0 enabled.

    • AD FS Multi-Namespace support: Multi-namespace support with AD FS 2.0 enables you to use a single AD FS 2.0 server that has multiple Forefront UAG trunks when the FQDNs (the public host names) of the trunks are in different domains. For example, the FQDN of the first trunk is portal.contoso.com and the FQDN of the second trunk is portal.fabrikam.com. Both trunks can be configured to perform AD FS authentication by using the same AD FS 2.0 server sts.contoso.com. In this kind of deployment, the AD FS 2.0 server is published through one of the Forefront UAG trunks, or by an AD FS proxy that is parallel to Forefront UAG.
    • Use the AD FS Proxy to publish the AD FS 2.0 Server: The AD FS proxy has many benefits compared to publishing the AD FS 2.0 server through Forefront UAG; including, support for Office365 authentication and mobile devices.
    • Enable complex topologies: For example, by using Forefront UAG to publish a SharePoint website located in one site when the AD FS server is located in another site
  • Added client devices

    Forefront UAG 2010 SP2 enables users to connect with the following mobile devices:

    • Windows Phone 7.5
    • iOS 5.x on iPad and iPhone
    • Android 4.x on tablets and phones
  • Updated support for UAG’s endpoint detection capabilities
  • Fixes included in UAG SP2

Download the Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010 Service Pack 2 package now, and learn more about UAG SP2 by visiting our TechNet Library.

Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Service Pack 2 released

Microsoft® Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2) introduces new functionality to Forefront TMG 2010 Standard and Enterprise Editions.

The service pack includes the following new functionality and feature improvements:

New Reports
• The new Site Activity report displays a report showing the data transfer between users and specific websites for any user.

Error Pages
• A new look and feel has been created for error pages.
• Error pages can be more easily customized and can include embedded objects.

Kerberos Authentication
• You can now use Kerberos authentication when you deploy an array using network load balancing (NLB).

To read the release notes, see the Forefront TMG Release Notes (SP2). Before installing this service pack, it is highly recommended that you read the TechNet article Installing Forefront TMG Service Packs. Installing the service pack on Forefront TMG computers in an order other than as described in this article is unsupported.

Microsoft Forefront UAG SP2 can be downloaded here

Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 RTM, released to OEMs today ?

Microsoft has removed references to the final SP1 build for Windows 7 from an official blog post.

The software giant confirmed the golden version of Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 on Friday in a Russian blog post. Microsoft officials edited the post late on Friday to remove references to 7601.17514.101119-1850 and confirmed that some details of the post were inaccurate. The post was updated with the following disclaimer:

“Microsoft Has Not Released SP1 to OEMs at this time, Though We Are on Track for a Q1 release, AS We Previously Announced. The Comments made in this blog entry included Some inaccuracies.”

Microsoft’s wording is vague and many are taking this as confirmation that the company has not signed off on Windows 7 SP1. Microsoft’s statement does not clarify whether SP1 is finished, it simply states it has not been shipped to OEMs yet. According to sources close to the matter, Microsoft has sent out internal announcements to mark the RTM of Windows 7 SP1. Russian site Wzor confirmed the RTM too and has leaked several versions of Windows 7 SP1 for various languages.

At this time it’s not clear why the company is refusing to confirm the RTM milestone publicly. WinRumors asked Microsoft officials multiple times to confirm whether Microsoft had reached the RTM milestone for Windows 7 SP1 but company officials would only reply with “Microsoft has not released SP1 to OEMs at this time.” As always, we’d advise against installing leaked bits on production machines but at this time we’re confident build 7601.17514.101119-1850 is the final RTM.

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