Threat Management Gateway

This evening I downloaded the Microsoft Stirling Threat Management Gateway (TMG) product, the newest iteration of ISA to try out. I fired up a spare VM I had lying around and ran the installer. Strangely enough, the "installer" dumped setup files in a folder for me. I had to go dig for them and launch another setup. Good start! After clicking the install link it chugs along for a few seconds and comes back with Installation Failed. No reason, no explanation, nothing. How handy! I poked around in the log files generated by setup but nothing stuck out. I updated the machine completely thinking it was a .NET 3.5 SP1 deal or something along those lines. No luck.

I guess when all else fails, look at the system requirements, right?


I was trying to install on an x86 Server 2003 VM. Oops.


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Hi there. My name is Tom Pacyk and this is my small home on the web. I love the intersection of design, technology, and communication, which is a combination that led me to a career in sales and marketing roles at places like Zoom and ServiceNow. They're a bit old now, but I also had the opportunity to publish a couple of books along the way.

Portland, Oregon is home for me, my wife Beth, and our three kids, but I'm actually a Midwestern transplant—I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and went to school at Purdue and Illinois. When I find some free time I'm probably going to concerts, rooting for the Portland Timbers, or working on my Sunshine Burn Photography project.