ISA Server and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2

Recently Microsoft released Service Pack (SP) 2 for Windows Server 2003 (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsserver/sp2.mspx). We tested ISA Server with the Windows service pack quite extensively. Unfortunately we discovered after the release of the Windows service pack that there are several issues that have potential ill-effects on ISA Server. This blog summarizes the currently known issues, and suggestions…


Important Information Regarding Changes to Forefront Product Roadmaps

Today, as a result of our effort to better align security and protection solutions with the workloads and applications they protect, Microsoft is announcing changes to the roadmaps of some of the security solutions made available under the Forefront brand. As part of this effort, the next release of Forefront Online Protection for Exchange, which…


Forefront TMG 2010 Web Protection Services Licensing

Introduction Forefront TMG 2010 adds two new subscription-based features, known collectively as Forefront TMG Web Protection Services (WPS). These features include URL Filtering (URLF) and Anti-Malware or Enhanced Malware Protection (AM or EMP). One thing that makes these features unique within Forefront TMG is that they are licensed separately from Forefront TMG itself. This blog…


ISA Server 2004 Service Pack 3 – rollback failure and temporary resolution

Should the installation of ISA Server 2004 SP3 fail for any reason, a rollback operation will execute so that ISA components are returned to their pre-update versions.  If the ISA management console was opened while the update or rollback was in progress, this rollback process may fail.   This most often occurs when the ISA management was…


Reporting improvements in Forefront TMG SP1

Forefront TMG SP1 includes some significant improvements to the reporting functionality: – New look-and-feel for all existing reports – cleaner aesthetics that match other Forefront products. – User Activity Report: provides detailed information about the activity of specific users. – Reports added for new features introduced in SP1 – User Overrides and BranchCache integration. Here…


ISA Server 2006 Service Pack 1 Features

ISA Server 2006 Service Pack 1 Features Introduction Microsoft® Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006 Service Pack (SP) 1 will be available for your installation pleasure this summer! This Service Pack introduces new features and improved functionality for ISA Server 2006 Enterprise and Standard Editions. The new features focus primarily on enhanced troubleshooting mechanisms…


URL Filtering is Here!

Quick Introduction Hi Everyone, We are proud to introduce as part of Forefront TMG Beta3 one of the key elements in the Secure Web Gateway (SWG) role of Forefront TMG – URL Filtering. URL Filtering allows controlling end-user access to Web sites, protecting the organization by denying access to known malicious sites and to sites…


Can ISA Server 2006 Configuration Storage Server be use to manage an ISA Server 2004 Array?

Recently I have seen the following question popping up in different locations and wanted to clarify the issue.   Can ISA Server 2006 Configuration Storage Server be use to manage an ISA Server 2004 Array?   Unfortunately ISA Server 2006 Configuration Storage Server can only be used to manage ISA Server 2006 arrays and ISA…


Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 Release

It is our pleasure to announce that Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 was released to manufacturing yesterday (Nov 16th, 2009) after completing 3 Beta releases and receiving extensive customer feedback. The trial version is available for download today, and the product will be widely available for purchase soon. We encourage you to download the…


Certificates with Multiple SAN Entries May Break ISA Server Web Publishing

What is a “SAN”?   “SAN” in this context refers to the certificate attribute “Subject Alternative Name”.  Among other uses, this attribute allows the site administrator to save money and administrative overhead by building a single certificate that lists all the sites that require a server authentication certificate.  There are several articles that deal with…