Microsoft ISA Server 2000

Microsoft ISA Server 2000

by Zubair Alexander


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Secure and enhance network performance with Microsoft ISA Server 2000. Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000 is more than a simple firewall product. By combining enterprise firewall and high-performance Web cache functions, ISA Server provides a common management infrastructure that reduces network complexity and costs. ISA Server protects networks from unauthorized access, inspects traffic, and alerts network administrators to attacks. The readers of this book will receive comprehensive appendices on useful ISA Server information. Readers will find information in this book that they won't find in any other book on the market. This book includes information on security patches and hot fixes, TCP/IP port assignments, knowledge base articles, ISA Server tools, and a whole lot more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780672321009
Publisher: Sams
Publication date: 12/19/2001
Series: Sams White Book Series
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Zubair Alexander (MCSE, MCT, MCP+I, CNA, A+, Network+, CTT+, CIW) works as a trainer and consultant in Seattle, Washington. He has a passion for technology and his writing skills reflect his extensive training background based on his real world experience. Zubair is a Microsoft EST endorsed trainer and trains Microsoft Consulting Services and Microsoft Product Support Services (PSS) engineers. He also writes Professor Windows columns for Microsoft TechNet and has been involved in writing Windows 2000 exam questions for Microsoft. Zubair teaches Microsoft ISA Server 2000 and other BackOffice products and has written extensively on Microsoft products for several years. He reviews technical books and articles for various publishers and has recently co-authored a book on Windows 2000 networking services. He also speaks publicly at technical seminars and conferences.

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Summary.)


1. Introducing ISA Server: Moving Beyond Proxy Server 2.0.

ISA Server's Extensibility. Internet Acceleration Updates from Proxy 2.0. Extending Windows 2000 Services. ISA Server Architecture. Server Installation Modes. Web Proxy Autodiscovery Protocol. Web Caching Services. Firewall Services. Hosting Services.

2. ISA Server Installation and Configuration.

ISA Server Hardware Requirements. Pre-Installation Considerations. Installing ISA Server Step-By-Step. Uninstalling or Reinstalling ISA Server Step-By-Step. Running an Unattended Server Installation. Default ISA Server Settings. Migrating from Proxy Server 2.0. How Proxy Server 2.0 Tasks are Performed in ISA Server. ISA Server Clients. Configuring the H.323 Gatekeeper Service.

3. ISA Security Concepts I.

Emphasizing Network Security. Running the Security Wizard. ISA Server Rules. VPN Support. Setting Up a Local ISA VPN Server. Comparison of Existing Security Solutions. DMZ Overview.

4. ISA Security Concepts—Part II.

Packet Filtering. Application Filtering.

5. ISA Acceleration Concepts.

Forward Caching. Reverse Caching. Scheduled Caching. Active Caching. Negative Caching. Distributed Caching. Hierarchical Caching. Introduction to CARP Cache Drives. .cdat Files.

6. Configuring Policy Elements.

Policy Elements Overview. Bandwidth Priorities. Client Address Sets. Content Groups. Destination Sets. Dial-up Entries. Protocol Definitions. Schedules. Using Array and Enterprise Policy Elements Together.

7. Implementing Publishing.

Hardware Requirements for Publishing. Web Publishing Concepts. Server Publishing Concepts. Running Additional Services on an ISA Server Computer. Publishing a Mail Server.

8. Monitoring, Alerts, and Reporting.

Monitoring Performance. Tips for Monitoring Performance. Using Alerts. Logging and Reporting.

9. Troubleshooting.

Troubleshooting Services. Using the Event Viewer to Help Troubleshoot ISA Events. Troubleshooting Caching. Troubleshooting Sessions. Troubleshooting Connections. Troubleshooting Access. Troubleshooting Authentication. Troubleshooting Publishing. Troubleshooting Dial-Up.

Appendix A. Bug Fixes and Patches for ISA Server 2000.

Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 Updates for ISA Server 2000. Web Requests Can Cause Access Violations in ISA Server Web Proxy Service. ISA Server 2000 Fix for Packet Filter Log. ISA Server 2000 Fix for UDP Log. Security Mailing Lists and Other Resources.

Appendix B. Microsoft Knowledge Base Articles.

Appendix C. TCP/IP Port Assignments.

Appendix D. Default MIME Types in Internet Information Services.



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Microsoft ISA Server 2000 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Zubair Alexander's book is very competitively priced! It seems to have most of the practical information needed for implementing ISA, it is NOT MCP study material! I have a few criticisms, hence the 3 stars. All the information is there, but it seems to be repeated, which is a little off putting. The content jumps about a bit, rather than a logical flow. The examples of how to do things lack the fine details that are required to confidently configure ISA. It assumes you will install ISA Enterprise Edition, when, I suggest, most people who are reading a book like this will be installing ISA Standard. The two versions MMC views are not identical ¿ this is a pain! I am also surprised that the book didn¿t mention add-on product such as Anti Virus scanners! Moans aside, the book should enable you to get ISA up and running. You would also want a deeper reference book, to gain a reasonable understanding of all the security issues, Spam and Content Filtering etc. Andrew Williams