Blogcast Series: Infrastructure essentials


I’ve been busy over the past few days recording a series of blogcasts about setting up the essentials for a typical well-managed infrastructure. The network so far consists of six machines as shown in the diagram below.

The intention of these blogcasts are to walk through a number of steps to change a base installation of Active Directory, ISA Server and Exchange Server into what you would typically find in a small or medium sized enterprise. Of course, you’d find a similar infrastructure in larger enterprises too, so if you’re an IT Professional in really any type of organisation, there should be something useful for you.

In the pipeline are:

– Allowing clients to browse the internet from the corporate network
– Configuring the ISA firewall client for automatic detection
– Setting up an Exchange mailbox for a user
– Setting up an Outlook profile to use the Exchange mailbox
– Publishing Outlook Web Access on the Internet (HTTP for now)
– Installing a Certificiate Authority
– Using the Certificate Authority to change OWA to use SSL Encryption
– Setting up a PPTP VPN
– Setting up an L2TP VPN
– Implementing quarantine
– Implementing some group policy
– Setting up mail exchange records to send and receive mail externally
….

It’s probably no coincidence either that the configuration and ideas I have in mind also broadly match the types of configuration I’ve been using on my home network as a proving ground and test-bed production network. I find running a production network far more effective that using pre-canned demo’s as the types of problem you see are real and can’t be left to hang around untreated.

So, that’s the plan so far – please pop a comment up if you want to see something specific in the series.

The first blogcast will be posted up tomorrow – keep an eye out 🙂

 

Comments (10)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Continuing the blogcast series on infrastructure essentials.

    The next stage in our infrastructure is…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Continuing the blogcast series on infrastructure essentials.

    Where we left off, we were able to browse…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Continuing the blogcast series on infrastructure essentials.

    Unlucky 13 for some – it certainly was…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Well spotted to the people who noticed the deliberate mistake on my network diagram to support the blogcast…

  5. Anonymous says:

    Continuing the blogcast series on infrastructure essentials.

    Part three of this blogcast series looks…

  6. Anonymous says:

    Blogcast Series: Infrastructure essentials

    Take a look at john’s blogcast series setting up the…

  7. Anonymous says:

    Continuing the blogcast series on infrastructure essentials.

    We’re now moving towards making Outlook…

  8. Dominik says:

    Hi

    I’m very interested about "Setting up an L2TP VPN". I hope that you can realize a blogcast asap. 🙂

  9. jhoward says:

    Yes – it’s on the list. Haven’t recorded it yet as I’m moving the Virtual Machines to a proper server rather than attempting to use my laptop for everything – it’s just a bit too much for a laptop. Won’t be too long to wait before I post it up.