ISA as a third-party development platform for SBS 2003? [Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices book excerpt]

g’day folks – harrybbbb here with my daily virtual book reading and the topic today is something people forget….ISA was originally developed beyond good old proxy server to be a platform for ISVs to build on…companies like F5 in Seattle really embraced this! Enjoy today’s passage!



Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation

Microsoft Small Business Specialist SBSC, MBA, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CNE, CLSE, CNP

PS – did u know I host a technology conference in the New York City area each spring? Save the date for March 6-8, 2009 and watch “voice meet data” in the SMB space!

PPS – my SBS 2008 book will be out in mid-November 2008!

PPPS – my Microsoft Response Point Primer book is here NOW!

Third-party Development Platform

This section is a real treat in this chapter. So many people look at Microsoft’s ISA Server 2000 application as the end all and be all of security. That is not an appropriate viewpoint. First, security is ever-evolving, so at best ISA Server 2000 is only part of the security equation. Second, the more healthy and holistic view of ISA Server 2000 is to consider what can be added to the core services it provides. In fact, Microsoft touts ISA Server 2000 as a development platform for its partners to add cool stuff on top. Vendors such as F5, Trend Micro, GFI, and others do exactly that, selling security-related applications that require ISA Server 2000 to operate. This was a key message during the GTM hands-on labs in the US during the spring of 2003. So remember that the oft-forgotten jewel in ISA Server 2000 is the ability to expand it with additional functionality provided by ISVs.


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