Publishing SharePoint Products and Technologies through Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) can provide the following advantages to both the organization and end users:

SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Server 2007 provide flexible options for configuring extranet access to sites. You can provide Internet-facing access to a subset of sites on a server farm, or make all content on a server farm accessible from the Internet. You can host extranet content inside your corporate network and make it available through an edge firewall, or you can isolate the server farm inside a perimeter network.

The following table describes potential deployment scenarios for Forefront UAG and SharePoint Products and Technologies:

Remote employees

Remote employees can access corporate information and electronic resources anywhere, anytime, and any place, without requiring a virtual private network (VPN).

Remote employees may be:

  • Traveling sales employees.

  • Employees working from home offices or customer sites.

  • Geographically dispersed virtual teams.

External partners

External partners can participate in business processes and collaborate with employees of your organization using Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) 1.x or 2.0. See Configuring SharePoint AAM applications with AD FS for AD FS 1.x and Deploying Forefront UAG with AD FS 2.0 for AD FS 2.0.

You can use an extranet to help enhance the security of data in the following ways:

  • Apply appropriate security and user-interface components to isolate partners and segregate internal data.

  • Authorize partners to use only sites and data that are necessary for their contributions.

  • Restrict partners from viewing other partners’ data.

You can optimize processes and sites for partner collaboration by:

  • Enabling employees of your organization and partner employees to view, change, add, and delete content to promote successful results for both companies.

  • Configuring alerts to notify users when content changes, or to start a workflow.


Publish branded, targeted content to partners and customers by:

  • Targeting content based on product line or by customer profile.

  • Segmenting content by implementing separate site collections within a farm.

  • Limiting content access and search results based on audience.