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    Sophos UTM

    Anyone using this?

    I am currently looking into alternatives with TMG 2010 being retired and having looked at the options available I would much like to jump to Sophos UTM.

    Can anyone offer some feedback on it

    Software or Hardware based?
    Usability?
    Cost?
    Yearly costs?
    Support?
    Updates?
    OS Support? 2012R2?

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    Yeah I'm using it at home and I'd recommend it!

    Software or Hardware based? BOTH
    Usability? ? via an web interface, comes iwth a "User Portal" for users to manage Spam Settings and connect to VPN (aka UAG) published apps.
    Cost? Not sure - using the home licence which is free
    Yearly costs? Not sure - using the home licence which is free
    Support? Sophos support - varies depending on licence
    Updates? regular and can be set to automatically apply
    OS Support? 2012R2? Supports all OS's as far as I know.

    Full range of what TMG/UAG does and all via a web console!. It offers full AD integration for users and is highly configurable
    I have it running as a VM with 1 vCPU and 1GB RAM (YMMV) can also deploy/mamage AV using the Sophos Endpoint client

    Def worth considering

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    Interesting... does it really do everything TMG will do?

    I'll have to have a closer look at this...

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    Thanks for the Info Gatt, It does seem the perfect replacement for TMG

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    As far as I can tell,


    1. Network Protection - Firewall Rules, NATting, etc
    2. Web Protection - URL/Domain filtering (including application control (eg Facebook, YouTube, Ebay, etc)
    3. Mail Protection - SMTP/POP3 scanning / Quarantine
    4. Endpoint Protection - Sophos Endpoint Proection Client (eg Antivirus)
    5. Wireless Protection - not used so not sure how this works
    6. Webserver Protection - basically this is how you publish your internal webservers externally
    7. Remote Access - This is allows users access to VPNs, and internal sites or RDP - bit confusing at first as they label it as "HTML5 VPN Portal" - but does similar thing to UAG


    First time I used it, it was a bit confusing to navigate round, but very quickly got to grips and its been worth it

    Generates some good reports too..

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    Cheers @Gatt... very helpful!

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    Something you will never regret, highly recommended

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    We currently use TMG with Websense. If Sophos was to be a complete replacement for this setup, it would need to have good web filtering that matches the functionality of the main players (Websense, Smoothwall, Bloxx etc)

    Does it do:

    HTTPS inspection?
    Anonymous proxy detection?
    Quotas?
    Force safe search?
    Location specific filtering?

    If it did all of this (or most of it) then it would definitely be worth a look depending on cost of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woody View Post
    We currently use TMG with Websense. If Sophos was to be a complete replacement for this setup, it would need to have good web filtering that matches the functionality of the main players (Websense, Smoothwall, Bloxx etc)

    Does it do:

    HTTPS inspection?
    Anonymous proxy detection?
    Quotas?
    Force safe search?
    Location specific filtering?

    If it did all of this (or most of it) then it would definitely be worth a look depending on cost of course.
    The only thing in that list that I'm, not sure about is Quota's?

    It certainly does the rest!

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    Have a look at SonicWall as well, had a demo and it look really good and almost half the cost of Sophos over 3 years !!!!

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    I have a meeting on Monday scheduled with Sophos to discuss requirements.. I will feedback costs here.

    I may have to arrange a call back from dell to discuss. I do like what their SRA platform provides which could be a solution to combat BYOD and Remote assistance especially with the LGFL2 blocks...

    NSA and SRA would be needed for that full solution which could be a bit more costly, I am definitely going to look in to it

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    You can add/enable the modules you need. So if you wanted it to do everything except web filtering (coz you already have smoothwall etc), you can do that.

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