Winfrasoft Gateway Appliance 9500-DE review

Winfrasoft provides Microsoft powered security appliances with a difference as it uses Tier-1 hardware platforms. Is this enough to make them the best choice for running Forefront TMG 2010? Read this review of the 9500-DE Gateway Appliance to find out.

Price
£5,920

Most security appliance vendors use proprietary hardware platforms which cannot be upgraded to cope with increased demand and will need to be completely replaced. UK-based Winfrasoft avoids this extra expense as all its Microsoft powered appliances are delivered as Tier-1 platforms that can be field upgraded.

Whereas most competing vendors only have a one year RTB warranty, the 9500-DE comes as standard with three-year, on-site service from Dell. This can be upgraded to Silver or Gold support if you want a quicker response. The 9500-DE on review came supplied with Windows Server 2008 Standard 64-bit and TMG Workgroup Edition but it's powerful enough to run any of the five versions of TMG.

For installation you connect a local monitor, mouse and keyboard, fire up the appliance and follow Winfrasoft's wizard. This assists with setting up the four Gigabit Ethernet ports for LAN, WAN and DMZ duties and starts Winfrasoft's monitoring agent which manages software updates and remote support connections.

For ongoing management we left the appliance headless and managed it via RDP. The WAM (Winfrasoft Appliance Management) utility provides swift access to the main TMG console where you can run its own setup wizard. This provides four templates which cover all the main deployment methods and we chose the edge firewall option which uses two network ports.

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The price includes Paragon's Drive Backup 10 Server Edition software for appliance backup and restore facilities. It runs scheduled file and image based backups and, along with file and disk recovery tools and supports bare metal system restores.

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