Celebrity Deathmatch: Access Policy Rules vs. Server Publishing Rules

We often get asked about the difference between access policy rules and server publishing rules.When should you use one in preference to the other? Some of the differences (in no particular order) are: [Trivial point #1] Access policy rules allow or deny traffic. Server publishing rules can only allow traffic. [Trivial point #2] Access policy…


Disabling System Policy

A recent question on the newsgroups made me realize that perhaps the intent behind the system policy rules is not crystal clear. I thought to share my understanding of the system policy rule base (tho’ it should be recognized that intent is in the mind of the beholder).   The idea of the system policy…


ISA Server 2004 Best Practices Analyzer Tool (IsaBPA)

Last month we submitted the ISA Server 2004 Best Practices Analyzer Tool (codename IsaBPA). What is IsaBPA?The ISA Server Best Practices Analyzer is a tool that collects configuration data from the local ISA Server computer, such as ISA configuration settings, hardware configuration, OS configuration and more. It examines the above information. Then it notifies the user if…


Automatic Discovery Woes

I’ve heard tales about customers running in to difficulties when configuring automatic discovery. This is one of those tricky ISA Server configuration issues, since there’s so much interaction with other products. This interaction makes it difficult sometimes to understand the source of the problem. (Incidentally, a common cause of auto-discovery issues is DNS mis-configuration…always check…


Welcome to the ISA Server Product Team Blog

We’re pleased to announce the creation of the ISA Server product team blog. Although this blog will focus on technical articles and discussions regarding ISA Server topics, we’re interested in discussing just about anything related to ISA Server in the blog.    Product team members (developers, testers, writers, and program managers) will post tips and…