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10 Jun 2001 1928994296 978-1928994299 Bk&CD-Rom
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 critical 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. There is up-to-date coverage of new products specific to Windows 2000. It shows network administrators how to supply e-mail whilst maintaining network security. It focuses on providing secure remote access to a network.

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  • Hardcover: 962 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress; Bk&CD-Rom edition (10 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1928994296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928994299
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 18.5 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,677,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With Internet security an increasing concern, so in turn there has been an increase in firewall solutions aimed to protect enterprise organisations from unwanted intrusion and malicious attack. Supporting the deployment of Microsoft's upgrade to Proxy Server 2.0, Configuring ISA Server 2000 is a true heavyweight designed to help network professionals muscle through the minefield of installation.

Written by experienced trainers and authors Thomas and Debra Shinder, this hardback reference is rich in content and ripe for the job of assisting any administrator with an understanding of the TCP/IP protocol stack. Balancing the issues of Internet security with configuring your ISA-protected network for optimum performance, this book cleverly guides its readers through the maze of ISA Server with clear step-by-step "walk-through" exercises.

From the outset the Shinder's address the issues at hand in a thorough and authoritative manner. The opening chapter presenting an introduction to Microsoft ISA Server provides an excellent overview of ISA Server's functionality. The chapters that follow then deliver a detailed discussion of a number of topics including security concepts and policies, deployment, planning and design through to matters of configuration, Web and server publishing, and troubleshooting.

Each of the books chapters concludes with a useful FAQ's section, and there's also details of a Web link where you can "Ask the Author" the questions that haven't been answered. Other features included are "Undocumented ISA" and an electronic searchable copy of the book on CD. All in all, little is left uncovered in this excellent reference. --Peter Lunn

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Because security and network performance--the two-pronged purpose of ISA Server--are so important in today's interconnected world, ISA Server plays a vital role in your overall network design. Configuring ISA Server 2000 will play an equally vital role in helping you understand Microsoft's much-anticipated Web-caching, filtering, and connection-sharing software package, Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000--or more simply, ISA Server.

Learn ISA Server's features: Master the security, acceleration, and Internet connection sharing features of ISA Server Understand ISA's architecture: Get an overview of ISA Server's complex architecture and how the program's components work at various layers of the network communications models Select proper authentication methods: Read about ISA's different authentication options, depending on the type of client Administer ISA with confidence: Master the unknown and undocumented components and features of ISA Understand ISA's firewall features: Now you'll understand multiplayer filtering, stateful inspection, intrusion detection, secure VPN, streaming media splitting, and more Recognise intrusion attacks: Set up ISA Firewall to detect all-ports scan, IP half scans, ping of deaths, land attacks, UDP bombs and other attacks Use ISA as a Web-caching server: Read about smart and scheduled caching, distributed caching, and hierarchical caching options Save time: Get complete coverage of wizards that guide you through common setup and management tasks Register for your 1-year upgrade: The Syngress Solutions upgrade plan protects you from content obsolescence and provides monthly mailings, whitepapers and more

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book 4 Dec 2002
This book was a very good read. Everything that I read and then tried seemed to work with out any problems, it gives a good overall view of ISA server. Good background material into how systems are compromised and what can be done.
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I found this book excellent for network administrators who want to set up this firewall solution in a short time. Many examples but not too technical ... I love it ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 26 July 2004
You can pass the Microsoft exam 70-227 on this book alone! Nuff said!
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth the wait 3 May 2001
By "netadmin44" - Published on
Been waiting for a long time for this one, but it turns out to be worth it. I really liked the background and design info in the first chapters, and how the book takes you all the way from basic security concepts to very specific scenarios on configuring and administering ISA.
Just about everything is covered, and what's really neat is that things are explained so a beginner can understand, but you've also got all these advanced configuration tips and tons of stuff that you definitely won't find in the Help files. You can tell these guys are writing from hands on experience and it shows!
I know it's not meant to be a study guide, but I found a lot of answers to my questions here while I was studying for the ISA test. The only complaint I've got was the long waiting period for the book to be published. I wish they wouldn't put a date it's supposed to be available and then not ever update that.
I also found out about from the book where Tom Shinder gives all sorts of support for ISA questions and that's a great resource.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Detailed Coverage 2 May 2001
By Dick Biden - Published on
I bought this book because I've seen the great work Dr. Shinder has done on the Microsoft Public Newsgroups and at I was not disappointed! He put in all the fine details about how services work and the step by steps actually explain what each option means and how it works. What I liked most was the "Undocumented Secrets" sections where he explains thngs like how not to assign the Firewall Client via Group Policy or your client machine will be stuck without a log on box for LONG time. I even tested this out to make sure it was true. I'm glad I read this in thebook, or I would have been sunk!
Another thing quite helpful in the book was the coverage of server publishing, especially FTP server publishing. I had no idea how tricky that could be!
If you are fighting with ISA Server like I have been, then you will like this book a lot. Its saved me a lot of hours of frustration.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete real world information 9 Aug 2001
By Dick Biden - Published on
I purchased this book because we required ISA Server setup in our organization. Our previous firewall was Checkpoint, but management wanted a new MS solution.
Virtually everything I needed to know was within this text. The documentation provided with the product was difficult to understand, but the book explained not only the theory, but the differences between how ISA Server is supposed to work, and how it works in practice. That is precisely the information I required.
The information is accurate and clearly explained. I am not sure what another reviewer meant by problems with quality of information. He said the book did not explain how to publish an ICMP server. The book clearly explains Server Publishing only works for the UDP and TCP protocols.
This is a most excellent book and I highly recommend to ISA Server Admins and others needing to implement ISA Server.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Configuring firewall for windows. 29 May 2002
By Dimik - Published on
Well i think this book explains everything there is to know about ISA server. Configuring an ISA was always pain in the neck though, i gotta admit though before i've finished this book, reconfiguring an ISA server took me much longer, now i do it within 2 hours. I like this book, though i think author could make it much shorter, i don't think some one actually cares where ISA server got from and the history of it's design, but again that's only my opinion. It has a DVD with it i think, i never went through it or anything, so i wouldn't know what's on it. This book can teach you how to make a proxy, a gateway and or a firewall out of ISA server. (That's what it's about though)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't say enough about this book! 24 May 2002
By A Customer - Published on
I had to deploy an ISA server and i had a week to get it up and running.
After looking around for the best text, i purchased this one.
Believe me it has everything you could ever want to learn about configuring an ISA server, and much much more!! I have never written an book review but i had to with this one.
The book takes some time to go through because it has so much information. It's quality information,not a bunch of bloated garbage. I am also using this book to finish off my MCSE. I compared it to a book my buddy is using, and this one blows it away. I am so glad i decided to go with this one because there have been so many times when i thought i was getting the right book and i ended up buying another 2 or 3 just to get all the info i needed.
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