Microsoft has recently announced publically the future roadmap for various Forefront products which can be found here: Important Changes to Forefront Roadmaps
So, with a focus on Forefront TMG and Forefront UAG for this post, we can summarise the public announcement as follows:
- There will be no further releases of the Forefront TMG product (or service packs).
- Forefront TMG mainstream support will end on April 14, 2015 and extended support will end April 14, 2020.
- Forefront TMG Web Protection Services (WPS) subscriptions will continue to be supported until December 31, 2015.
- As of December 1, 2012, Forefront TMG will be removed from the price list and will not be available for purchase.
- For customers using Forefront TMG for caching, secure web gateway, and firewall scenarios, there is no Microsoft equivalent that can be migrated to at the end of the extended support period.
- Most web publishing scenarios that are supported by TMG can be published by UAG, including SharePoint and Exchange. In addition, UAG provides many additional publishing scenarios with federated authentication and granular authorisation policies.
- VPN capabilities previously provided by Forefront TMG can be provided by the Unified Remote Access (URA) features of Windows Server 2012 (or UAG for SSL VPN).
- There is no change to the UAG roadmap.UAG continues to be actively developed as seen by the recent release of UAG Service Pack 2 in August 2012.
So finally, we have an answer on the future of Forefront TMG and Forefront UAG products. In many ways it is a great shame to see such a well engineered, community supported and customer admired product like Forefront TMG finally laid to rest, but I guess things move on unfortunately. It will be interesting to see how UAG continues to be actively developed over time. If you haven’t looked at Forefront UAG, it may be worth brushing up your skills (or consultancy relationships) if you currently use Forefront TMG for reverse proxy or remote access scenarios. End of an era…you betcha!