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Replace Forefront TMG with a high quality, flexible, edge security, SSO application from KEMP TECHNOLOGIES

SharePointEduTech have been working with a series of education clients all looking for an effective replacement for their Microsoft Forefront TMG server that will reach end of support in December 2015.The answer comes in the form of an Edge Security device from KEMP.

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TMG goes End of Life

Many schools, colleges and universities around the world are still deploying services such as Exchange, Lync, SharePoint or other web based services on premises and will continue to do so despite the compelling reasons to consider the cloud. For many years, these services have all sat securely behind a Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway device. With TMG reaching its end of life status and Microsoft declaring no replacement models we spent quite some time looking for a cost effective replacement.

The answer came in the form of the Kemp Technology LoadMaster and its extended feature pack. Built in as a standard feature, the Edge Security Protection (ESP) has the ability to secure all of the usual public facing services. The ESP features offer a secure and effective gateway and offer all of the following familiar requirements from TMG.

  • End Point Authentication for Pre-Auth
  • Persistent Logging and Reporting
  • Single Sign On across Virtual Services
  • Active Directory Integration
  • RADIUS Authentication Support
  • Fully Customizable FBA Forms
  • Soft Lockout
  • Group Membership Validation
  • Dual factor authentication with RSA SecurID

SharePointEduTech have found, in KEMP LoadMaster, a flexible solution that allows customers to decide on the best options for their infrastructure when deciding on installation. You can chose between,

  • Virtual devices on Hyper V, Xen, VMware or Virtual box
  • Custom built hardware devices on premises
  • Cloud devices on AWS or Microsoft Azure
  • Bare Metal conversions of your existing high performing server solutions.Options for Kemp

Five reasons why this solution suits Education customers?

kemp_logo_new1. Flexible solutions with straightforward installation and commissioning

As you can see from the options above there is a Kemp Solution to meet your requirements, either on premises or in the cloud. Once installed the commissioning process is so straightforward. If you can manage a rule set on TMG then there is no reason you can’t manage your Kemp device.

The device will come with a series of inbuilt templates to allow for quick commissioning of all the familiar workloads. If your workload isn’t listed there is likely to be a downloadable template for you.

2. Top class Support

From time to time, things will go wrong, after all it is IT we are talking about here. The level of technical support offered by Kemp is first class. You decide on the level of support required from Basic to Premium plus. In our experience the Premium support gives you a high level of support that is really proactive. How often have you had a support engineer chase you for a response rather than the other way around? We have found the level of technical support from KEMP to be quick and effective. What more could you ask for?

3. Industry Standard

KEMP is not a new company. When we started to look for a replacement for TMG they took some finding. This might make you think that they are a small company. Nothing could be further from the truth. KEMP have been in operation since 2000 with over 26,000 worldwide installations. They are listed third in the Load Balancing market with a rapidly growing profile and they are consistently marked as an industry leader. KEMP is a big player who places a great deal of importance on customer satisfaction.

4.  Simple Licensing Model

Whether it’s on premises physical, cloud or part of your virtualisation infrastructure, KEMP have the right model to meet the scale of your implementation. The ESP features all come as standard and there are no hidden costs. Ask about pricing for your school and we guarantee you will be surprised.

5. Let’s not forget the Load Balancing

This post has talked about the TMG replacement provided by KEMP LoadMaster but don’t forget that you also get a top quality load balancing service as the primary feature of the device. Maybe you’ve been using other top quality devices or simple Windows load balancing (if you could ever get it to work properly). Now with KEMP you have the best of both worlds. Strong and effective Edge security and high quality, industry standard load balancing that won’t blow your budget.

Call to Action

If you want to know more, or discuss replacing your TMG services, we are just an email or a call away.

Email:                    info@sharepointedutech.com

Telephone:         +44 2476 362712

We can arrange a demonstration, a short trial or discuss and plan your move to KEMP LoadMaster supported by SharePointEduTech.

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Restore a deleted Site Collection in SharePoint 2013, 2010 or Office 365

Restore a deleted Site Collection in SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2010 or Office 365

If you have deleted a site collection and you want it back again it really is quite straight forward but not particularly obvious. It’s the same process for both SharePoint 2010 and 2013 and even easier in Office 365  – Another reason to move to the cloud!
If you are using Office 365 then it’s all through the admin interface for SharePoint. Under the section where you manage your site collections there is a recycle bin icon on the ribbon, just go in there and restore!

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If you have SharePoint on-prem fire up PowerShell on the server (make sure it’s either the Management shell or you have the SharePoint modules loaded)
Then run the following:
Get-SPDeletedSite
This will list all the deleted site collections, in this example I just have one.

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You’ll need to take a note of the site Id as we need that next. Run the following command but with you’re site Id.
Restore-SPDeletedSite –Identity
You’ll be asked to confirm, there wont be a message to say successful but if you go back to your site you’ll see it’s all back just how it was.

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