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Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 Unleashed


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  • Copyright 2006
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  • ISBN-10: 0-672-32718-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-672-32718-6

A detailed look into best practice design, deployment, and maintenance of an ISA Server 2004 Environment.  Written by industry expert Michael Noel, of Convergent Computing, ISA Server 2004 Unleashed provides guidance for ISA deployment scenarios, including step by step guides for configuring ISA to secure Exchange Outlook Web Access, deploying ISA Server 2004 Enterprise edition arrays, setting up Site to Site VPNs, deploying ISA as a reverse proxy in the DMZ of a firewall, and much more.  This book covers ISA in great detail, with emphasis on real-world situations and labor-saving scripts that help administrators take control of an ISA environment and leverage its full potential to provide unprecedented levels of security to an environment.



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Table of Contents


The Target Audience of This Book.

The Organization of This Book.

Conventions Used in This Book.


1. Introducing ISA Server 2004.

    Understanding the Need for ISA Server 2004

      Outlining the High Cost of Security Breaches

      Outlining the Critical Role of Firewall Technology in a Modern Connected Infrastructure

      Understanding the Growing Need for Application-Layer Filtering

    Detailing the Additional Advantages of ISA Server 2004

      Allowing for More Intelligent Remote Access with Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

      Using Web Caching to Improve and Control Web Browsing

      Reducing Setup and Configuration Time with an ISA Server 2004 Hardware Solution

      Reducing Administrative Overhead and Potential for Errors with Simplified Management Tools

      Preserving Investment in Existing Security Solutions

    Understanding the History of ISA Server 2004

      Outlining Initial Microsoft Security Solutions

      Exploring a New Product-Proxy Server

      Unleashing a New Model: the Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000

      Unveiling the Next Generation: ISA Server 2004

    Exploring the New Features of ISA Server 2004

      Choosing the ISA Server 2004 Operating System

      Choosing Between ISA Server 2004 Enterprise or Standard Editions

    Detailing Deployment Strategies with ISA Server 2004

      Deploying ISA Server 2004 as an Advanced Application-Layer Inspection Firewall

      Securing Applications with ISA Server 2004's Reverse Proxy Capabilities

      Accelerating Internet Access with ISA Server 2004's Web Caching Component

      Controlling and Managing Client Access to Company Resources with Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

      Using the Firewall Client to Control Individual User Access

    Augmenting an Existing Security Environment with ISA Server 2004

      Utilizing ISA Server 2004 in Conjunction with Other Firewalls

      Deploying ISA Server 2004 in a RADIUS Authentication Environment

    Administering and Maintaining an ISA Server 2004 Environment

      Taking Advantage of Improvements in ISA Management Tools

      Backing Up and Restoring ISA Server Environments

      Maintaining an ISA Server Environment

      Monitoring and Logging Access

    Using ISA Server 2004 to Secure Applications

      Securing Exchange Outlook Web Access (OWA) with ISA Server 2004

      Locking Down Web Application Access

      Securing Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Traffic


    Best Practices

2. Installing ISA Server 2004.

    Reviewing ISA Server 2004 Prerequisites

      Reviewing Hardware Prerequisites

      Understanding ISA Operating System Requirements

      Examining Windows and ISA Service Packs

      Outlining ISA Network Prerequisites

    Procuring and Assembling ISA Hardware

      Determining when to Deploy Dedicated ISA Hardware Appliances

      Optimizing ISA Server Hardware

    Building Windows Server 2003 as ISA's Operating System

      Installing Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition

      Configuring Network Properties

      Installing the Optional Message Screener Components

      Applying Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1

      Updating and Patching the Operating System

    Determining Domain Membership Versus Workgroup Isolation

      Understanding Deployment Scenarios with ISA Domain Members and ISA Workgroup Members

      Working Around the Functional Limitations of Workgroup Membership

      Changing Domain Membership

    Installing the ISA Server 2004 Software

      Reviewing ISA Software Component Prerequisites

      Installing ISA Server 2004 Standard Edition

    Performing Post-Installation ISA Updates

      Installing ISA Server 2004 Service Pack 1

      Checking the ISA Site for ISA Updates

      Installing Third-Party ISA Tools

    Securing the Operating System with the Security Configuration Wizard

      Installing the Security Configuration Wizard

      Creating a Custom ISA Security Template with the Security Configuration Wizard


    Best Practices

3. Exploring ISA Server 2004 Tools and Concepts.

    Exploring the ISA Server 2004 Management Console

      Defining ISA Server Console Terminology and Architecture

      Exploring ISA Console Panes

      Examining ISA Console Nodes

    Configuring Networks with ISA Console Network Wizards and Tools

      Exploring the Networks Node

      Understanding the Definition of ISA Networks

      Outlining Network Sets

      Defining Network Templates

      Exploring Network Rules

      Running the Network Template Wizard

      Understanding Web Chaining

    Exploring Firewall Policy Settings

      Examining the Firewall Policy Node

      Understanding Firewall Access Rules

      Examining Publishing Rules and the Concept of Reverse Proxy

      Understanding System Policy Rules and the System Policy Editor

      Defining the Contents of the Firewall Policy Toolbox

    Navigating the Monitoring Node Options

      Configuring the Dashboard

      Viewing Alerts

      Monitoring Sessions and Services

      Generating Reports

      Verifying Connectivity

      Logging ISA Access

    Working with the Virtual Private Networks Node

      Enabling and Configuring VPN Client Access

      Configuring Remote Access Configuration

      Creating Remote Site Networks for Site-to-Site VPN

      Understanding VPN Quarantine

    Examining the Cache Node Settings

      Enabling Caching

      Understanding Cache Rules

      Examining Content Download Jobs

    Configuring Add-ins

      Exploring Application Filters

      Examining Web Filters

    Exploring the ISA General Node

      Delegating ISA Administration

      Configuring Firewall Chaining

      Defining Firewall Client Parameters

      Exploring Link Translation

      Configuring Dial-Up Preferences

      Examining Certificate Revocation Options

      Viewing ISA Server Details

      Defining Connection Limits

      Setting Intrusion Detection Thresholds

      Defining RADIUS Servers

      Defining IP Preferences


    Best Practices

4. Designing an ISA Server 2004 Environment.

    Preparing for an ISA Server 2004 Design

      Identifying Security Goals and Objectives

      Documenting and Discovering Existing Environment Settings

      Matching Goals and Objectives to ISA Features

      Managing a Deployment Project

      Documenting the Design

    Upgrading Existing ISA Server 2000 Systems to ISA Server 2004

      Exploring Differences Between ISA 2000 and ISA Server 2004

      Exporting ISA 2000 Settings to ISA Server 2004

      Cleaning Up ISA 2000 Rules and Migration Components

    Determining the Number and Placement of ISA Servers

      Sizing an ISA Server Deployment

      Choosing Between ISA Server Standard Edition and ISA Server Enterprise Edition

      Deploying ISA to Branch Offices

    Prototyping a Test ISA Server Deployment

      Setting Up a Prototype Lab for ISA Server 2004

      Emulating and Testing ISA Settings

      Exporting Prototype Lab Configs

    Piloting an ISA Server Deployment

      Organizing a Pilot Group

      Understanding ISA Pilot Scenarios

      Running Penetration Tests and Attacks Against the Pilot Infrastructure

    Implementing the ISA Server Design

      Validating Functionality

      Supporting the ISA Environment Long-Term

    Designing ISA Server 2004 for Organizations of Varying Sizes

      Examining an ISA Server 2004 Deployment for a Small Organization

      Examining an ISA Server 2004 Deployment for a Midsized Organization

      Examining an ISA Server 2004 Deployment for a Large Organization


    Best Practices


5. Deploying ISA Server 2004 as a Firewall.

    ISA as a Full-Function Security Firewall

      Defining the Concept of a Firewall

      Filtering Traffic at the Application Layer

      Understanding Common Myths and Misperceptions About ISA

    Multi-networking with ISA Server 2004

      Setting Up a Perimeter Network with ISA

      Deploying Additional Networks

    Defining ISA Firewall Networks

      Understanding ISA's Concept of a Network

      Understanding Network Rules with ISA Server 2004

      Working with the Default Network Templates

      Deploying an ISA Firewall using the Edge Firewall Template

    Reviewing and Modifying Network Rules

      Modifying Network Rules

      Creating New Network Rules

    Understanding Firewall Policy Rules

      Modifying Firewall Policy Rules

      Creating Firewall Policy Rules

    Examining Advanced ISA Firewall Concepts

      Publishing Servers and Services

      Reviewing and Modifying the ISA System Policy


    Best Practices

6. Deploying ISA Server Arrays with ISA Server 2004 Enterprise Edition.

    Understanding ISA Server 2004 Enterprise Edition

      Exploring the Differences between the Standard and Enterprise Versions of ISA Server 2004

      Designing an ISA Server 2004 Enterprise Edition Environment

    Deploying the Configuration Storage Server (CSS)

      Determining CSS Placement

      Installing CSS

      Setting Up Additional CSS Replicas

    Setting Up Enterprise Networks and Policies

      Delegating Administration of ISA

      Defining Enterprise Networks

      Establishing Enterprise Network Rules

      Creating Enterprise Policies

      Creating Enterprise Access Rules for the Enterprise Policy

      Changing the Order of Enterprise Policy Rules

    Creating and Configuring Arrays

      Creating Arrays

      Configuring Array Settings

      Creating the NLB Array Network

      Defining Array Policies

    Installing and Configuring ISA Enterprise Servers

      Satisfying ISA Server Installation Prerequisites

      Installing the ISA Server Software

      Configuring the Inter-Array Communication IP Address

    Configuring Network Load Balancing and Cache Array Routing Protocol (CARP) Support

      Understanding Bi-Directional Affinity with Network Load Balancing (NLB)       Enabling NLB for ISA Networks

      Defining Cache Drives for CARP

      Enabling CARP Support


    Best Practices

7. Deploying ISA Server as a Reverse Proxy in an Existing Firewall DMZ.

    ISA Server 2004 as a Security Appliance

      Understanding How Reverse Proxies Work

      Deploying a Unihomed ISA Server as a Security Appliance

      Understanding the Capabilities of ISA Server 2004 Reverse Proxy

      Defining Web Server Publishing Rules for Reverse Proxy

      Using a Unihomed ISA Server for SMTP Filtering

    Deploying Unihomed ISA Server 2004 Security Appliances

      Applying the Single Network Adapter Network Template to a Unihomed ISA Server

      Deploying a Preconfigured ISA Hardware Appliance

    Configuring Existing Firewalls to Utilize ISA Server 2004 Reverse Proxy

      Understanding Packet-Filter Firewall Configuration for ISA Server Publishing

      Isolating and Securing an ISA Security Appliance

    Publishing and Securing Services in an Existing DMZ

      Configuring a Unihomed ISA Server to Reverse Proxy Exchange Outlook Web Access

      Configuring a Unihomed ISA Server to Reverse Proxy Web Services

      Configuring a Unihomed ISA Server to Act as an SMTP Smarthost

    Understanding Advanced ISA Security in Enterprise Environments

      Deploying ISA Security Appliances for Redundancy and Load Balancing

      Monitoring and Intrusion Detection on ISA Servers in the DMZ


    Best Practices

8. Deploying ISA Server 2004 as a Content Caching Server.

    Understanding the Acceleration Component of the Internet Acceleration Server 2004

      Improving Web Access by Caching Content

      Protecting and Monitoring Client Web Access

      Pre-downloading Commonly Used Content

    Designing ISA Server 2004 Caching Solutions

      Understanding the Types of Proxy Servers

      Sizing Hardware Components for an ISA Caching Server

      Deploying Caching Redundancy with the Cache Array Routing Protocol (CARP)

    Enabling ISA Server 2004 as a Web Caching Server

      Configuring ISA Server to Provide Web Caching Capabilities

      Changing Default Cache Settings

      Configuring Cache Rules

      Configuring Proxy Web Chaining

      Setting Up a Content Download Job

    Configuring Proxy Clients

      Enabling an ISA Transparent Proxy

      Manually Configuring Client Proxy Settings

      Creating an Active Directory Group Policy Object (GPO) to Streamline the       Deployment of Client Cache Settings

      Configuring Proxy Client Autodiscovery with DHCP

      Configuring Proxy Client Autodiscovery with DNS


    Best Practices

9. Enabling Client Remote Access with ISA Server 2004 Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).

    Examining ISA Server 2004 VPN Capabilities and Requirements

      Understanding ISA Server 2004 VPN Protocols

      Comparing PPTP and L2TP Compression Methods

      Understanding PPTP and L2TP Encryption and Data Security Methods

      Comparing PPTP and L2TP Authentication Methods

      Analyzing VPN Protocol Implementation Issues

      Understanding Network Bandwidth Constraints with VPNs

      Preparing Internal Resources for Remote Access

    Designing an ISA Server 2004 VPN Infrastructure

      Deploying an ISA VPN Server as a Domain Member

      Deploying an ISA VPN Server as a Standalone Server (Workgroup Member)

    Enabling VPN Functionality in ISA Server

      Creating Network Relationships for the VPN Users Network

      Enabling Client VPN Access from the Console

      Assigning IP Addresses to Remote Users

      Assigning Routes to Remote Users

      Authenticating VPN Users

      Working with and Creating Rules for the VPN Clients Network

    Utilizing RADIUS Authentication for VPN Connections

      Installing the Internet Authentication Service (IAS) for Active Directory RADIUS Support

      Detailing IAS Permissions Required in Active Directory

      Setting Up the ISA Server as an IAS Client

      Establishing IAS Remote Access Policies

      Examining RADIUS Message Authentication

      Configuring ISA to Use IAS for Authentication

    Configuring ISA for Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) VPN Connections

      Configuring an ISA VPN Connection to Use PPTP

      Configuring a Windows XP Professional Client for PPTP Communication

      Testing the PPTP Connection

    Creating Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) VPN Connections with ISA

      Configuring an IPSec Pre-Shared Key

      Configuring a Windows XP Professional Client for an L2TP VPN Connection

    Creating a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) for L2TP with IPSec Support

      Installing the Enterprise Root Certificate Authority (CA)

      Configuring the Enterprise Root CA

      Requesting a Certificate for the ISA VPN Server

      Requesting a Certificate for the VPN Client

      Downloading the CA Certificate

      Exporting and Importing Certificates

      Using Active Directory Autoenrollment

    Using the Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK) to Automate VPN Client Deployment

      Installing the Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK)

      Creating CMAK Profiles for Client Deployment Automation

      Deploying the Custom CMAK Profile on a Windows XP Client

    Enabling ISA Server 2004 VPN Quarantine

      Installing the Remote Access Quarantine Service (RQS)

      Configuring the RQS Protocol Definition in ISA

      Configuring RQS Rules for ISA

      Enabling VPN Quarantine in ISA

      Customizing a CMAK Package for VPN Quarantine


    Best Practices

10. Extending ISA 2004 to Branch Offices with Site-to-Site VPNs.

    Understanding Branch-Office Deployment Scenarios with ISA Server 2004

      Extending the Network Without WAN Links or Unnecessary Complexity

      Controlling and Filtering Traffic Across WAN Segments

      Understanding Site-to-Site VPN Capabilities and Options

      Understanding RADIUS Authentication Options for Site-to-Site VPN Connections

      Outlining a Site-to-Site VPN Scenario

    Preparing ISA Servers for Site-to-Site VPN Capabilities

      Enabling VPN Client Access

      Creating VPN User Accounts on Both Servers

      Defining Address Assignments

      Selecting the Correct VPN Interface

      Choosing Between Authentication Mechanisms

    Configuring a Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) Site-to-Site VPN Between Two Remote Offices

      Configuring the PPTP Remote Site Network Definition on the ISA Servers

      Creating Network and Firewall Rules

    Configuring a Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) Site-to-Site VPN Connection Between Two ISA Servers in Remote Sites

      Deciding Between Shared Key and PKI

      Configuring a PKI Infrastructure for PKI-Based Certificate Encryption

      Requesting a Certificate for the ISA VPN Server

      Configuring the L2TP Remote Site Network Definition on the ISA Servers

    Configuring ISA 2004 to Integrate with Third-Party VPN Tunnel Products

      Setting Up an IPSec Tunnel Mode VPN Connection

      Configuring the Third-Party VPN Site

      Configuring the Third-Party VPN Server

    Configuring Network and Firewall Rules Between ISA Site Networks

      Creating Network Rules Between ISA Site Networks

      Creating Firewall Rules Between ISA Site Networks


    Best Practices

11. Understanding Client Deployment Scenarios with ISA Server 2004.

    Outlining Client Access with ISA Server 2004

      Defining the ISA Firewall Client

      Defining the SecureNAT Client

      Defining the Web Proxy Client

      Outlining the VPN Client

    Preparing an ISA Environment for the Firewall Client

      Installing the ISA Firewall Client Share

      Using DHCP to Configure ISA Server for Auto Detection

      Configuring Proxy Client Autodiscovery with DNS

      Enabling Auto Discovery from ISA Server

    Installing the ISA Firewall Client

      Manually Installing the ISA Firewall Client

      Using Unattended Setup Scripts to Deploy the ISA Firewall Client

      Deploying the Firewall Client via Active Directory Group Policies

    Working with the ISA Firewall Client

      Getting Familiar with the Firewall Client Functionality

      Modifying Rules for Firewall Clients

      Using the Firewall Client Tool Pack (FWCToolPack)


    Best Practices

III. Securing Servers and Services with ISA Server 2004.

12. Securing Outlook Web Access (OWA) Traffic.

    Enabling Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Support for Exchange Outlook Web Access

      Understanding the Need for Third-Party Cas

      Installing a Third-Party CA on an OWA Server

      Using an Internal Certificate Authority for OWA Certificates

      Forcing SSL Encryption for OWA Traffic

      Customizing and Securing an OWA Website from Internal Access

    Securing Exchange Outlook Web Access with ISA Server 2004

      Exporting and Importing the OWA Certificate to the ISA Server

      Creating an Outlook Web Access Publishing Rule

      Redirecting HTTP OWA Traffic to HTTPS traffic

      Customizing Forms-Based Authentication

      Enabling the Change Password Feature in OWA Through an ISA Publishing Rule


    Best Practices

13. Securing Messaging Traffic.

    Understanding the Need for Secure Mail Access

      Weighing the Need to Communicate Versus the Need to Secure

      Outlining ISA Server 2004's Messaging Security Mechanisms

    Configuring ISA Server 2004 to Support OMA and ActiveSync Access to Exchange

      Enabling and Supporting OMA and ActiveSync on the OWA Server

      Supporting Mobile Services in ISA when Using Forms-Based Authentication for OWA

      Deploying Multiple OWA Virtual Servers

      Assigning a New IP Address on the ISA Server for the Additional Web Listener

      Setting Up an Outlook Mobile Access (OMA) and ActiveSync Publishing Rule     Configuring ISA Server to Secure RPC over HTTP(S) Traffic

      Installing the RPC over HTTP Proxy

      Configuring RPC over HTTPS on an Exchange Back-End Server

      Configuring RPC over HTTPS on an Exchange Front-End Server

      Modifying the Registry to Support a Single-Server Exchange RPC over HTTP Topology

      Creating the RPC Virtual Directory on the Proper Virtual Server

      Securing RPC over HTTPS Servers with an ISA Publishing Rule

      Setting Up an Outlook 2003 Profile to Use RPC over HTTP

    Securing Exchange MAPI Access

      Configuring MAPI RPC Filtering Rules

      Deploying MAPI Filtering Across Network Segments

    Securing POP and IMAP Exchange Traffic

      Creating and Configuring a POP Mail Publishing Rule

      Creating and Configuring an IMAP Mail Publishing Rule

    Managing and Controlling Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP) Traffic

      Installing and Configuring the SMTP Service on the ISA Server

      Installing the ISA SMTP Screener Component

      Enabling Outbound and Inbound SMTP Filtering with the SMTP Message Screener

      Configuring Exchange to Forward Outbound Messages to ISA

      Customizing the SMTP Filter


    Best Practices

14. Securing Web (HTTP) Traffic.

    Outlining the Inherent Threat in Web Traffic

      Understanding Web (HTTP) Exploits

      Securing Encrypted (Secure Sockets Layer) Web Traffic

    Publishing and Customizing Web Server Publishing Rules

      Using the Web Server Publishing Wizard

      Exploring the General Tab Options

      Understanding the Action Tab

      Exploring From Tab Options

      Outlining To Tab Options

      Exploring the Traffic Tab and Filtering HTTP Packets

      Understanding Listener Tab Configuration Options

      Viewing Public Name Options

      Understanding Paths Tab Options

      Exploring the Bridging Tab

      Understanding the Users Tab

      Outlining Schedule Tab Options

      Exploring the Link Translation Tab

    Configuring SSL-to-SSL Bridging for Secured Websites

      Working with Third-Party Certificate Authorities

      Installing a Local Certificate Authority and Using Certificates

      Modifying a Rule to Allow for End-to-End SSL Bridging

    Securing Access to SharePoint 2003 Sites with ISA 2004

      Understanding SharePoint 2003

      Publishing a SharePoint Site with ISA Server Publishing Rules

      Using Link Translation to Hide Internal SharePoint Links


    Best Practices

15. Securing RPC Traffic.

    Understanding the Dangers of Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Traffic

      Examining How Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Traffic Works

      Outlining RPC Exploits

      Understanding the Need for RPC Filtering Versus RPC Blocking

    Securing RPC Traffic Between Network Segments

      Outlining How ISA RPC Filtering Works

      Deploying ISA for RPC Filtering

    Publishing RPC Services with ISA Server 2004

      Publishing an RPC Service

      Creating Custom RPC Protocol Definitions

    Using Network Monitor for Custom RPC

      Installing Network Monitor

      Using Network Monitor to Scan Traffic for RPC UUIDs

    Creating Server Publishing Rules

      Outlining Default Server Publishing Rules in ISA Server

      Creating a Server Publishing Rule

      Defining a Custom Publishing Rule


    Best Practices


16. Administering an ISA Server 2004 Environment.

    Defining the Role of the ISA Administrator

      Understanding Who Administers the ISA Environment

      Exploring ISA Administrator Roles

    Deploying a Role-Based Access Control Model for ISA Server 2004

      Exploring the Concept of Active Directory Access Groups and Role Groups

      Illustrating a Role-Based Access Approach

    Delegating and Customizing Administrative Access to the ISA Console

      Creating Active Directory Groups for Admin Access

      Creating Local Server Users and Groups for Admin Access

      Delegating Admin Access to ISA Server

    Administering an ISA Server Remotely

      Installing the ISA Server Management Console

      Configuring an ISA Server for Remote Desktop Protocol Access

    Working with ISA Server 2004 Lockdown Mode

      Administering and Understanding Lockdown Mode

      Triggering and Resetting ISA Lockdown Mode

    Performing Advanced ISA Administration

      Renaming an ISA Server in the Console

      Administering Multiple ISA Servers


    Best Practices

17. Maintaining ISA Server 2004.

    Understanding the Importance of a Maintenance Plan for ISA

      Keeping Ahead of Updates and Patches

      Taking a Proactive Approach to Security Maintenance

      Understanding ISA Server's Role in an IT Maintenance Plan

    Updating ISA's Operating System

      Manually Patching an ISA Server

      Verifying Windows Update Access in the ISA System Policy

      Working with Windows Update to Patch the Operating System

      Managing ISA Server Updates and Critical Patches

      Prototyping ISA Server Patches Before Updating Production Equipment

    Performing Daily Maintenance

      Monitoring the ISA Dashboard

      Checking Overall Server Functionality

      Verifying Backups

      Monitoring the Event Viewer

    Performing Weekly Maintenance

      Checking for Updates

      Checking Disk Space

      Verifying Hardware

      Archiving Event Logs

    Performing Monthly Maintenance

      Maintaining File System Integrity

      Testing the UPS

      Validating Backups

      Updating Automated System Recovery Sets

      Updating Documentation

    Performing Quarterly Maintenance

      Changing Administrator Passwords

      Audit the Security Infrastructure

      Gather Performance Metrics

      Reassess Goals and Objectives


    Best Practices

18. Backing Up, Restoring, and Recovering an ISA Server 2004 Environment.

    Understanding ISA Server's Backup and Recovery Capabilities

      Using Export and Import Functionality to Simplify Recovery

      Backing Up Individual ISA Components

    Exporting ISA Settings for Backups

      Exporting Individual Sets of Rules

      Exporting the Entire ISA System Config to an XML File

      Exporting URL Sets

    Importing ISA Settings for Restores

      Importing Individual ISA Components

      Importing Entire ISA Configs

      Importing URL Sets

    Automating ISA Server Export with Custom Scripts

      Creating and Deploying an ISA Server Automatic Export Script

      Scheduling the Automatic ISA Export Script

      Restoring an ISA Server from the ISA Export Script

    Using Traditional Backup and Restore Tools with ISA Server 2004

      Backing Up and Restoring the ISA Server Operating System and Components


    Best Practices

19. Monitoring and Troubleshooting an ISA Server 2004 Environment.

    Outlining the Importance of ISA Monitoring and Logging

      Logging for Governmental and Corporate Compliance

      Taking a Proactive Approach to Intrusion Attempts

    Configuring ISA Logging and Monitoring

      Delegating ISA Monitoring Settings

      Understanding the ISA Advanced Logging Service

      Installing the ISA Advanced Logging Service

      Configuring Firewall Logging

      Configuring Web Proxy Logging

      Configuring SMTP Screener Logging

    Logging ISA Traffic

      Examining ISA Logs

      Customizing Logging Filters

    Monitoring ISA from the ISA Console

      Customizing the ISA Dashboard

      Monitoring and Customizing Alerts

      Monitoring Session and Services Activity

      Creating Connectivity Verifiers

    Generating Reports with ISA Server

      Customizing Reports

      Generating Reports

      Scheduling Report Generation

    Monitoring ISA Server 2004 Health and Performance with Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM)

      Taking a Close Look at Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM)

      Downloading and Extracting the ISA Server 2004 Management Pack for MOM 2005

      Importing the Management Pack AKM File into MOM

      Configuring MOM Settings

      Configuring MOM Global Settings for Non-Domain Member ISA Servers

      Configuring ISA to Allow MOM Communications

      Installing the MOM Agent on the ISA Server

      Monitoring ISA Functionality and Performance with MOM

      Monitoring ISA with Windows Performance Monitor (Perfmon)


    Best Practices

20. Documenting an ISA Server 2004 Environment.

    Understanding the Benefits of ISA Server Documentation

      Using Documentation for Knowledge Management

      Using Documentation to Outline the Financial Benefits of ISA

      Baselining ISA with Document Comparisons

      Using Documentation for ISA Troubleshooting

      Understanding the Recommended Types of Documentation

    Documenting the ISA Server 2004 Design

      Documenting the ISA Design Process

      Formalizing ISA Server Configuration with As-Built Documentation

      Documenting Specific ISA Configuration with Custom Scripting

    Developing Migration Documentation

      Creating Project Plans

      Developing the Test Plan

      Numbering Server Migration Procedures

      Establishing Migration Checklists

    Creating Administration and Maintenance Documentation for ISA

      Preparing Step-by-Step Procedure Documents

      Creating Documented Checklists

      Outlining Procedural Documents

    Preparing Disaster Recovery Documentation

      Outlining Disaster Recovery Planning

      Documenting for Backup and Recovery

      Outlining Monitoring and Performance Documentation for ISA

      Documenting Change Management Procedures

    Understanding the Importance of Performance Documentation

      Producing Routine Reporting

      Implementing Management-Level Reporting

      Detailing Technical Reporting

    Writing Training Documentation

      Outlining Technical Training

      Documenting End-User Training

      Detailing System Usage Policies


    Best Practices



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Pearson may offer opportunities to provide feedback or participate in surveys, including surveys evaluating Pearson products, services or sites. Participation is voluntary. Pearson collects information requested in the survey questions and uses the information to evaluate, support, maintain and improve products, services or sites, develop new products and services, conduct educational research and for other purposes specified in the survey.

Contests and Drawings

Occasionally, we may sponsor a contest or drawing. Participation is optional. Pearson collects name, contact information and other information specified on the entry form for the contest or drawing to conduct the contest or drawing. Pearson may collect additional personal information from the winners of a contest or drawing in order to award the prize and for tax reporting purposes, as required by law.


If you have elected to receive email newsletters or promotional mailings and special offers but want to unsubscribe, simply email information@informit.com.

Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account information. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.

Customer Service

We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone in accordance with the users' wishes when a user submits their information through our Contact Us form.

Other Collection and Use of Information

Application and System Logs

Pearson automatically collects log data to help ensure the delivery, availability and security of this site. Log data may include technical information about how a user or visitor connected to this site, such as browser type, type of computer/device, operating system, internet service provider and IP address. We use this information for support purposes and to monitor the health of the site, identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents and appropriately scale computing resources.

Web Analytics

Pearson may use third party web trend analytical services, including Google Analytics, to collect visitor information, such as IP addresses, browser types, referring pages, pages visited and time spent on a particular site. While these analytical services collect and report information on an anonymous basis, they may use cookies to gather web trend information. The information gathered may enable Pearson (but not the third party web trend services) to link information with application and system log data. Pearson uses this information for system administration and to identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents, appropriately scale computing resources and otherwise support and deliver this site and its services.

Cookies and Related Technologies

This site uses cookies and similar technologies to personalize content, measure traffic patterns, control security, track use and access of information on this site, and provide interest-based messages and advertising. Users can manage and block the use of cookies through their browser. Disabling or blocking certain cookies may limit the functionality of this site.

Do Not Track

This site currently does not respond to Do Not Track signals.


Pearson uses appropriate physical, administrative and technical security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.


This site is not directed to children under the age of 13.


Pearson may send or direct marketing communications to users, provided that

  • Pearson will not use personal information collected or processed as a K-12 school service provider for the purpose of directed or targeted advertising.
  • Such marketing is consistent with applicable law and Pearson's legal obligations.
  • Pearson will not knowingly direct or send marketing communications to an individual who has expressed a preference not to receive marketing.
  • Where required by applicable law, express or implied consent to marketing exists and has not been withdrawn.

Pearson may provide personal information to a third party service provider on a restricted basis to provide marketing solely on behalf of Pearson or an affiliate or customer for whom Pearson is a service provider. Marketing preferences may be changed at any time.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information

If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your postal address or email address), we provide a way to correct or update that user's personal data provided to us. This can be done on the Account page. If a user no longer desires our service and desires to delete his or her account, please contact us at customer-service@informit.com and we will process the deletion of a user's account.


Users can always make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with certain services offered by InformIT. If you choose to remove yourself from our mailing list(s) simply visit the following page and uncheck any communication you no longer want to receive: www.informit.com/u.aspx.

Sale of Personal Information

Pearson does not rent or sell personal information in exchange for any payment of money.

While Pearson does not sell personal information, as defined in Nevada law, Nevada residents may email a request for no sale of their personal information to NevadaDesignatedRequest@pearson.com.

Supplemental Privacy Statement for California Residents

California residents should read our Supplemental privacy statement for California residents in conjunction with this Privacy Notice. The Supplemental privacy statement for California residents explains Pearson's commitment to comply with California law and applies to personal information of California residents collected in connection with this site and the Services.

Sharing and Disclosure

Pearson may disclose personal information, as follows:

  • As required by law.
  • With the consent of the individual (or their parent, if the individual is a minor)
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted or required by law
  • To protect the security and safety of individuals, data, assets and systems, consistent with applicable law
  • In connection the sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of its company or assets, subject to the provisions of this Privacy Notice
  • To investigate or address actual or suspected fraud or other illegal activities
  • To exercise its legal rights, including enforcement of the Terms of Use for this site or another contract
  • To affiliated Pearson companies and other companies and organizations who perform work for Pearson and are obligated to protect the privacy of personal information consistent with this Privacy Notice
  • To a school, organization, company or government agency, where Pearson collects or processes the personal information in a school setting or on behalf of such organization, company or government agency.


This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects Personal Information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Requests and Contact

Please contact us about this Privacy Notice or if you have any requests or questions relating to the privacy of your personal information.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

We may revise this Privacy Notice through an updated posting. We will identify the effective date of the revision in the posting. Often, updates are made to provide greater clarity or to comply with changes in regulatory requirements. If the updates involve material changes to the collection, protection, use or disclosure of Personal Information, Pearson will provide notice of the change through a conspicuous notice on this site or other appropriate way. Continued use of the site after the effective date of a posted revision evidences acceptance. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the Privacy Notice or any objection to any revisions.

Last Update: November 17, 2020