FIM Lives! UAG Lives! TMG will not

September 12, 2012

Today Microsoft announced the discontinuing or subsuming of many products in the Forefront line 

To be crystal clear Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) and Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) live on as separate products with ongoing investment!

Insert the obligatory Mark Twain quote here. “The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated”



Forefront Identity Manager (FIM)

Lives on. R2 was just released in June

Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG)

Lives on. SP 2 just released in August

Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG)

Discontinued as of Dec1 2012 – support available until April 14, 2015 (extended until 2020)
Use DirectAccess and RRAS to provide VPN functionality or switch to UAG.

Forefront Threat Management Gateway Web Protection Services(TMG WPS)

Discontinued as of Dec 1 2012. I hadn’t even heard of this offshoot.

Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) before that it was Client Security (FCS)

Previously announced as System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP)

Forefront Protection for Exchange Server (FPE)

Becomes part of Exchange Server 2013

Forefront Protection for SharePoint Server  (FPSP)

Forefront Protection for Office Communication Server (FSOCS)

SharePoint and Lync Servers will continue to offer the built-in security capabilities that many customers use to protect shared documents

Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE)

Is now Exchange Online Protection.

I think it is safe to say that we are seeing the Forefront brand being disbanded.

I wonder what new names they will come up with for Forefront Identity Manager and Forefront Unified Access Gateway. I guess we will have to wait and see which family of products adopts them.