Configuring ISA Server 2000: Building Firewalls for Windows 2000

Configuring ISA Server 2000: Building Firewalls for Windows 2000

by Syngress
     
 

Microsoft's flagship ISA Server delivers the Internet to your customers!
As the demand for Internet connectivity reaches a fever pitch, system administrators are being challenged to connect more and more systems to the Internet without compromising security or network performance. ISA Server 2000 provides system administrators with a revolutionary management

Overview

Microsoft's flagship ISA Server delivers the Internet to your customers!
As the demand for Internet connectivity reaches a fever pitch, system administrators are being challenged to connect more and more systems to the Internet without compromising security or network performance. ISA Server 2000 provides system administrators with a revolutionary management infrastructure that addresses the two greatest needs of Enterprise-wide Internet connectivity: Security and speed.

Written by best-selling author of several MCSE 2000 study guides, this book will provide the system administrators with an in depth understanding of all the critiacl features of Microsoft's flag ship Internet Server. Configuring ISA Server 2000 shows network administrators how to connect a network to the Internet, maintain the connection, and troubleshoot remote users' hardware and software configuration problems.

• Up-to-date coverage of new products specific to Windows 2000
• Shows network administrators how to supply e-mail whilst maintaining network security
• Focuses on providing secure remote access to a network

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781928994299
Publisher:
Elsevier Science
Publication date:
06/10/2001
Edition description:
BK&CD-ROM
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.90(d)

Read an Excerpt

Chapter 1

Introduction to Microsoft ISA Server

Solutions in this chapter:
  • What Is ISA Server
  • ISA Server Features Overview
  • Who This Book Is For and What It Covers
What Is ISA Server?

The information technology (IT) world is full of acronyms; insiders refer to this vast maelstrom of initials as "alphabet soup." Sometimes it seems that there are so many acronyms—representing so many different concepts, products, components and protocols—that we've used up all the possible letter combinations and now we've started over. As you learn about this world, you'll find many instances in which the same acronym you had previously used in one context is now being used to describe something entirely different.

Hence, in this book, ISA has nothing to do with the Industry Standard Architecture (ISA) bus that long-time PC aficionados know and love (or at least know). Nor does it have anything to do with the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society, an organization devoted to measurement and control technologies. Rather, ISA is yet another new server product from Microsoft (or more accurately, as you'll see, a new name for an improved version of a not-so-new product). This book will acquaint you with ISA Server's features and functionality.

In conjunction with the release of Microsoft's new business-oriented operating system, Windows 2000, the software company announced that it would be developing several new server products that would either provide new functionality in Windows 2000-based networks or provide enhancements to the functionality to add-on server products that were originally designed to run on Windows NT 4.0.

New versions of old standbys, such as Exchange 2000 and SQL Server 2000, were developed, with improved features and the ability to integrate with Active Directory. Brand-new products, such as the Microsoft Mobile Information 2001 Server and the Microsoft Application Center 2000 Server, were planned to take advantage of the latest trends in PC computing, such as wireless networking and the application service provider (ASP) explosion. Some of Microsoft's existing servers, such as SNA and Site Server, received new monikers like Host Integration Server and Commerce Server to reflect their updated features.

Another product that got a new name was Microsoft's Web-caching, filtering, and connection-sharing software package, Proxy Server. The Windows 2000-compatible version was code-named Comet in the development stages, but the final release was called Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000, or more simply, ISA Server...

Why "Security and Acceleration" Server?

Internet Security and Acceleration. It sounds good, but what does it mean? Let's look at those two factors—security and acceleration—and the role each plays in ISA Server,

Meet the Author

Thomas W. Shinder, M.D. (MCSE, MCP+I, MCT) is a technology trainer and consultant in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. Dr. Shinder has consulted with major firms, including Xerox, Lucent Technologies, and FINA Oil, assisting in the development and implementation of IP-based communications strategies. Dr. Shinder attended medical school at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and trained in neurology at the Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland, Oregon. His fascination with interneuronal communication ultimately melded with his interest in internetworking and led him to focus on systems engineering.

Debra Littlejohn Shinder (MCSE, MCP+I, MCT) is an instructor in the AATP program at Eastfield College, Dallas County Community College District, where she has taught since 1992.She and her husband, Dr. Thomas W. Shinder, provide consulting and technical support services to Dallas area organizations. Deb has been a writer for most her life, and has published numerous articles in both technical and nontechnical fields.

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