28 December 2010

New Product: Winfrasoft X-Username for TMG & ISA Server

Berkshire, UK: Winfrasoft is pleased to announce the release of X-Username for TMG and ISA Server.

X-Username solves the age old problem of tracking the account name of a user between proxy servers in a chain. Typically the username is only visible at the point of authentication, however X-Username allows any proxy after the point of authentication to also log the username with the web pages being requested.

The product us currently available for download from our web site and includes a free 14 day trial - http://www.winfrasoft.com/X-Username

16 December 2010

Winfrasoft HAS Update 2 now available for download

Winfrasoft is pleased to anounce availability of Update 2 for the Health Access System - designed specifically for the NHS

HAS Update 2 includes the following changes:
  • Support for Forefront UAG 2010 Service Pack 1
  • Included Gamalto GAC for NHS smart card access
  • Updated digital signature on Java components

The new version is only required on the UAG server and shall upgrade the existing components. The installer can also be used for fresh installations.

10 August 2010

New Winfrasoft TMG and UAG appliance images available

Winfrasoft is pleased to announce the release of an updated set of images for the TMG 2010 and UAG 2010 appliance range which include the following changes:
  • Added TMG Service Pack 1.
  • Faster first time boot setup.
  • Microsoft Updates pre-installed up to and including July 2010.
  • New Winfrasoft Monitoring Agent for improved support options.
  • Other minor updates and improvements.
Build 4.0.100802 is a scheduled maintenance release to rollup various improvements since the previous release. All customer are able to update their appliances with the new build free of charge however this will require a rebuild of the appliance, this update cannot be used as an in place upgrade.
Register and download the new images here: http://www.winfrasoft.com/registerAppliance.htm

7 May 2010

Don’t get stuck with a proprietary appliance again

If you have an existing IAG 2007 or ISA 2006 appliance you are probably wondering how to upgrade it to TMG 2010 or UAG 2010. Well, if you purchased a Winfrasoft appliance the good news is that your appliances IS upgradable to UAG / TMG for FREE so long as you still have a valid support contract. However, if you are unlucky enough to have purchased one of our competitors then you may be in for a shock.

Current dilemma
Faith in the Forefront appliance market has been dealt a severe blow as customers who purchased competitive appliances expecting a FREE upgrade are now finding that there is NO free upgrade. Despite promises and assurances from some vendors that FREE upgrades will be available, customers are finding that their “FREE” upgrade will cost thousands of $/£ as the low spec desktop class hardware sold for ISA and IAG appliances are incapable of adequately running the 64-Bit Windows 2008 R2 platform on which TMG and UAG run.

For example, the “comprehensive” upgrade program launched by Celestix (http://www.celestix.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=136) essentially says there is no upgrade at all. They require you to rip and replace with a new box for a 25% discount on the new one. As a result, there are customers that have spent a lot of money purchasing these appliances at the end of 2009 with the understanding that they an be upgraded only to now find that they need to spend a lot more money.

Since the day we launched our first appliance we made sure that they were adequately equipped to run the new software, and since our appliances use TIER-1 hardware from HP, Dell and Fujitsu our customers are able to perform their own upgrades if required without invalidating the warranty – unlike traditional appliances. If you would like to upgrade you existing Winfrasoft appliance please contact sales@winfrasoft.com with your serial number.

If you don’t have a Winfrasoft appliance and are now faced with a scenario where you need to replace your existing appliance in order to upgrade, don’t get led down the same garden path a second time. Winfrasoft are offering up to £2500/$3700 off of a new Winfrasoft appliance if you have an existing competitive appliance to trade in. Alternatively, if you are happy to provide your own hardware support for Celestix and Network Engines we can provide you the required hardware, software and licences to upgrade these appliances yourself – even though the original vendor may not. Visit http://www.winfrasoft.com/applianceupgradeprogram.htm for more information on how to take up this offer.

Winfrasoft is a TIER-1 Microsoft Forefront Appliance manufacturer with award winning solutions backed by 24/7 support.

3 February 2010

Winfrasoft launches SSL VPN Smart Card solution for the NHS

Winfrasoft Health Access System (HAS) is a secure access solution enabling NHS Trusts to gain greater value from the NHS CRS Smartcard by using it to provide secure and easy access to all resources, whether from within the Trust, the home or while on the move. Built on the Microsoft Forefront Edge Gateway server platform HAS is the first solution to enable the use of the NHS CRS Smartcard for true Single Sign On providing access to all applications as well as the Trust’s network while significantly reducing IT costs and helpdesk calls.

Winfrasoft NHS-specific Health Access System makes use of both the CfH-bought Microsoft CALs and NHS CRS Smartcards to deliver three solutions in one low-cost package:
  • Web Single Sign On
  • Remote Access
  • Self Service Password Reset

Visit the HAS web page for further information: http://www.winfrasoft.com/has

IAG 2007 SP2 Update 3 now available

Winfrasoft are the first IAG vendor to support Update 3 for IAG 2007 SP2 which as recently been released by Microsoft. You will need to have at least IAG SP2 installed to make us of this update - which all Winfrasoft appliances already have!

Please check the Winfrasoft KB for the latest information about what is in the update and to download it: http://www.winfrasoft.com/kb-34.htm