Configuring ISA Server 2000: Building Firewalls for Windows 2000


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 ...

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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

Designed to provide practical guidance to administrators at online businesses, this handbook teaches users ISA Server 2000, Microsoft's platform for building and operating ecommerce and Web solutions, how to connect a network to the Internet, maintain the connection, and troubleshoot remote users' configuration problems, while maintaining network security.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781928994299
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 6/10/2001
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.90 (d)

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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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,

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Table of Contents

Configuring ISA Server 2000

Chapter 1: Introduction to Microsoft ISA Server
What Is ISA Server
ISA Server Features Overview
Who This Book Is For and What It Covers
Chapter 2: ISA Server in the Enterprise
Enterprise-Friendly Features
Designing Enterprise Solutions
Planning Multiserver Arrays
Understanding ISA Server Licensing
Chapter 3: Security Concepts and Security Policies
Security Overview
Defining Basic Security Concepts
Addressing Security Objectives
Recognizing Network Security Threats
Categorizing Security Solutions
Designing a Comprehensive Security Plan
Incorporating ISA Server in your Security Plan
Chapter 4: ISA Server Deployment Planning and Design
ISA Deployment: Planning and Designing Issues
Active Directory Implementation
Mission-Critical Considerations
Planning the Appropriate Installation Mode
Chapter 5: ISA Server Installation
Installing ISA Server on a Windows 2000 Server
Migrating from Microsoft Proxy Server 2.0
Performing the Installation
Chapter 6: Managing ISA Server
Understanding Integrated Administration
Performing Common Management Tasks
Using Monitoring, Alerting, Logging, and Reporting Functions
Understanding Remote Administration
Chapter 7:ISA Architecture and Client Configuration
Understanding ISA Server Architecture
Installing and Configuring ISA Server Clients
Chapter 8:Configuring ISA Server for Outbound Access
Configuring the Server for Outbound Access
Network Configuration Settings
Creating Secure Outbound Access Policy
Configuring Application Filters That Affect Outbound Access
Understanding and Configuring the Web Proxy Cache
Chapter 9:Configuring ISA Server for Inbound Access
Configuring ISA Server Packet Filtering
Application Filters That Affect Inbound Access
Designing Perimeter Networks
Chapter 10:Publishing Services to the Internet
Types of Publishing
Web Server Publishing
Publishing services
The H.323 Gatekeeper Service
Virtual Private Networking
Chapter 11:Optimizing, Customizing, Integrating, and Backing Up ISA Server
Optimizing ISA Server Performance
Customizing ISA Server
Integrating ISA Server with Other Services
Backing Up and Restoring the ISA Configuration

Chapter 12:Troubleshooting ISA Server

Understanding Basic Troubleshooting Principles
Troubleshooting ISA Installation and Configuration Problems
Troubleshooting Authentication and Access Problems
Troubleshooting ISA Client Problems
Troubleshooting Caching, Publishing, and Services
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2001

    The Book is released April 23!

    This book was a labor of love for our team. Deb Shinder, Martin Grasdal and myself spent thousands of hours going over the inner workings of ISA Server. Martin and I would work together via NetMeeting audio/video conferencing using the H.323 Gatekeeper, into the late hours of the night, solving difficult to troubleshoot ISA Server problems. Some puzzles took us over a week to solve! Our mandate was to test everything we could about ISA Server and match it up with how it was supposed to work. Sometimes features performed as advertised, and sometimes a little 'tweaking' was required. After discovering the undocumented and underdocumented features, we quickly wrote them down so that we would not forget! Of course, these findings always came at 3 AM. The next day we would type them up so that we could put this knowledge into the book and into your hands. But the book includes not only the wisdom gained from our thousands of hours of research and head-pounding, but the knowledge of thousands of others who wrestled with the product. We participated actively on the msnews newsgroups and the web boards to learn what other's have learned in their time with the product. Without the collective wisdom of hundreds of others who have fought with this fantastic product, this book would not be a great as it has turned out to be. This book is not a quick 'press this button and press that button and it might work' manual. Rather, we explain every option and the repercussions of each option. This book is meant for the network admin or designer that need a deep understanding of the Firewall Product, and not a connect the dots cookbook. Using this book, you'll be able to implement and troubleshoot just about any problem you encounter with ISA Server. We hope you enjoy the book. And I can't wait for April 23 for its release!

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