Today I found myself asking what is UAG, Forefront Unified Access Gateway?
Well if you don't know what UAG is, like I did not, you should go out of your way to learn. Forefront UAG is a new Microsoft technology which seeks to centralize and make more uniform technologies of remote access. As Microsoft says it delivers "delivers comprehensive, secure remote access to corporate resources for employees, partners, and vendors on both managed and un-managed PCs and mobile devices. Utilizing a combination of connectivity options, ranging from SSL VPN to DirectAccess, as well as built in configurations and policies, UAG provides centralized and easy management of an organization's complete anywhere access offering."
So what is the big deal. Well lets say you are a CTO, or just the IT guy, of some firm. You have SharePoint WSS installed. But times are changing. A lot of your staff works from home outside of the company WAN. Also you have partners who need to have access to information inside of your firm. And people are starting to bring in computers they want to work on, from iPads to Chrome OS netbooks. UAG addresses a set of trends that look only to get larger:
- More and more staff working from home
- Partner organizations need to collaboration on your systems
- Employees have their own devices they want to use
If you have these problems you will probably want to take a close look at UAG. You can download it and try it on a virtual machine.