Microsoft UAG Review

Best tool for remote workers with diverse operating systems

Valuable Features:

1. Seamless connectivity 2. It supports SharePoint publishing 3. It is relatively cheap when licensing 250 or more simultaneous users 4. UAG incorporates DirectAccess facilities. 5. It is secure and safe.

Room for Improvement:

1. You cannot implement UAG on a single server. This makes it not ideal for small businesses 2. UAG needs expertise to configure. 3. You can’t share the UAG server with any other applications. When Microsoft announced DirectAccess, we were very happy to see a solution that will overcome VPN dial-in dial-out lapses. However, we were discouraged when we discovered that DirectAccess requires all the client computers to be running on Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise edition, and our company doesn’t have the resources to upgrade all our systems. This became an issue as our VPN solution is not living up to our expectations.Our research shows that Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) can be a remedy.

Other Advice:

We implemented UAG and it paid off for us. Our remote users can securely logon to our corporate network (Copnet) from any part of the world without compromising the integrity of the corporate resources. UAG provides seamless connectivity for remote users. Windows XP, vista, windows 7, windows 8, Mac OS, Linux and mobile phone clients can seamlessly connect remotely as if they were in the internal network. We are not only benefiting from the UAG’s ability to support diverse devices, but its ability to accommodate both IPV4 and IPV6 clients. IT administrators can control how the UAG clients behave. For example, authenticated users can be prevented from uploading a video file, but allowed to download similar file type.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.

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Now that Direct Access is a feature (also) of Windows 2012 I suppose that the reasons to use UAG are moving to the fact that it is the only remaining Microsoft product for publishing / portaling applications to the web.
Do you agree ? :-)