Back in September of 2012 Microsoft announced that they would discontinue any future releases of TMG. There was a lot of unanswered questions about the future of UAG and on December 17th, 2013 Microsoft announced UAG’s future.
Highlights from Microsoft’s announcement:
- Microsoft will not deliver any future full version releases of Forefront UAG and the product will be removed from price lists on July 1, 2014.
- Customers will be granted a Windows Server 2012 Standard server license for each UAG server license with active Software Assurance to allow them to make the transition.
- For customers who wish to continue using Forefront UAG, Microsoft will provide maintenance and support through the standard Microsoft support lifecycle.
- Mainstream support will continue through April 14, 2015, and extended support will continue through April 14, 2020.
- Customers with active Software Assurance on UAG as of Dec. 1, 2013 may also add new UAG server instances, users, and devices without any requirement to order additional licenses
- Microsoft customers continue to have access to select remote access and secure application publishing capabilities through Windows Server 2012 R2. Windows Server is not a complete replacement for all UAG scenarios, but it does provide:DirectAccess deployment and policy management. This capability has been part of Windows Server 2012 since its initial release in September 2012.
Basic secure application publishing via the new Web Application Proxy service in the Remote Access role of Windows Server 2012 R2. This new service allows customers to securely publish access to resources through a reverse proxy and includes integration with Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) for conditional access policy and multi-factor authentication capabilities.
I’m sad to see UAG being retired. It was a wonderful product that did a lot.