ISA in SBS - Yes, it's secure

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This Is The Last Post
This is the last post for this particular blog. Don't panic! I've created a new blog. The new blog will have a much broader focus and cover not only ISA but the full range of security challenges encountered by small businesses every day. It will...
ISA SP3 Logging Improvements
I've been so busy lately that I haven't had a chance to blog much. Thank goodness that the official ISA blog has picked up the slack. :) They've put out some great posts lately including todays: Logging Diasgnostic Improvements in SP3. You...
ISA @ SMBNation
ISA will be featured in the technical track at SMB Nation this year. My presentation back in March at SMBTN was well received. I'll be building on that presentation. I will demonstrate several configurations that are in demand for SMB consultants...
Thoughts on what it means to not have an edge SBS
Situating SBS on the edge of the small business network has always been a controversial topic. A network in a box for small companies has to include some kind of firewall doesn't it? So through the years it was RRAS, Proxy 2.0, ISA 2000 and ISA 2004...
The Skinny on ISA in SBS 2008
The official word: "With respect to ISA, here's what we're public on: - SBS no longer will support being the edge box. You'll need SBS to be behind a network firewall of some sort -- could be a hardware firewall, could be a software firewall...
News: Microsoft soft unveils Stirling
Microsoft unveiled a new product, code name Stirling, yesterday at Tech-Ed. For those wondering where ISA is going in the future. Here's a hint. There is also another product under development under a different code name that non-enterprise businesses...
ISA 2004 SP3 Released
ISA 2004 SP3 is here. ISA Server 2004 SP3 includes the following new features and improved functionality: • Improvements to the ISA Server Management console with the addition of a new Troubleshooting node • Enhanced log viewing functionality • Additional...
Vista might not connect immediately
Network Connectivity Status Indicator and Resulting Internet Communication in Windows Vista Read all about it in TechNet. Vista contains a feature which uses DNS to locate and connect to a pre-defined website. This is part of the new network identification...
Publishing AuthAnvil Self Service Token Enrollment
In using AuthAnvil to create a secure two-factor remote access for the SBS servers we manage it was decided that we'd like to allow users to Enroll the Cryptocard token we've provided themselve. AuthAnvil allows this through a self service token...
Multi-Core Processors: Another reason for SP2
While loading an ISA2004 onto new hardware I ran into a problem where the firewall service would not run. When something like that happens on a new install you get that sinking feeling that it's going to be a long night. Fortunately a quick search came...
Vista 64-Bit Can't Join Domain
Found a kb article that resolved a perplexing problem for us today. A Vista 64-Bit Ultimate edition PC was unable to join the domain. The error message stated a problem with RPC. This usually points to the local firewall but in this case it was ISA and...
ISA and Windows 2003 SP2
The ISA team has blogged about some issues affecting ISA after an installation of Windows 2003 SP2. The original post is here . ISA Server and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Recently Microsoft released Service Pack (SP) 2 for Windows Server 2003 Read...
ISA 2008 Needs Your Help
The Microsoft ISA Product Team is working on the next version of ISA. As part of the work, the team is currently recruiting customers for its internal customer programs namely TAP (Technology Adoption Program) and the Advisory Group). Interested customers...
SMBTN Conference ISA Session
There's a great conference coming up March 15-18th. It's the SMB Summit , the 3rd annual SMB Technology Network conference. It's being held at Disneyland. Have a look at the sessions and the speakers. If you are a small IT firm looking to grow, this is...
Update: iTunes ISA 2004 SP2
In a previous blogpost I pointed you to the ISA Product Team blog for instructions on how to allow iTunes through ISA. I've got a little personal experience with this now and some new information for you. If you're having problems visiting the iTunes...
Strong Authentication for SBS
Good news! Today is the official release day for AuthAnvil. This is an excellent addition to the RWW Guard product that Scorpion Software also offers. I've seen it in action. This is a must have for IT firms servicing multiple clients and for all small...
2 1/2 Conferences
I'll be attending the SMBSummit a Disneyland from March 15-17. This conference is organized by the SMB Technology Network. If you are looking for good technical information on SBS and good business information on running a small consulting firm this is...
Creating a Visited Websites Report by User
Many admins learned how to create reports by opening up the log files in ISA 2000 and using Excel features to organize the data in a meaningful way. Contrary to popular opinion, you can use Excel to generate a report using ISA 2004 with MSDE logging much...
How ISA MSDE Logging Works
Recently on a mailing list a question was asked for someone to explain how ISA does logging to MSDE and why you sometimes see a lot of log files for the same day. Dana Epp, of Scorpion Software, quickly responded with a very concise and clear response...
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