Microsoft ISA resources in a SBS 2003 world! [Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices]

Good Sunday to you mates. I am just having coffee and watching the Sunday morning talk shows. What better time for a virtual book reading?!?!  So today’s passage relates to ISA resources in the context of your Windows Small Business Server 2003 (SBS) network. It’s all from da’ purple book that I wrote!



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!


How many times have I emphasized that (a) this book is an introductory and intermediate volume for the SBS 2003 product, (b) an advanced SBS 2003 book is forthcoming, and (c) you need to go forth and learn more about the individual rich applications, such as ISA Server 2000, by reading books, etc., dedicated specifically to the matter at hand. This book paints some broad and narrow strokes for each SBS 2003 component but can’t hope to compete with individual texts dedicated to only one topic.


I again feature my “fave” authors here: Roberta Bragg and Dr. Thomas Shinder.

Consider books from either of these authors as a next step with ISA Server 2000. Roberta Bragg offers the following ISA Server 2000 books (search on Roberta’s name at Amazon to find these books):


          MCSE Training Guide (70-227): Installing, Configuring and Adminis­


tering Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000

                      Network Security: The Complete Reference


Dr. Thomas Shinder offers the following ISA Server 2000 books (search on the good doctor’s name to find these books):

                      Configuring ISA Server 2000

                      Dr. Tom Shinder’s ISA Server and Beyond: Real World security Solu­tions for Microsoft Enterprise Networks

                      Configuring ISA Server 2000: Building Firewalls for Windows 2000


Web Sites

Several sites I point you to here are great ISA Server 2000 and security resources. First and foremost would be, maintained by the good Dr. Tom! And you’ll find Roberta’s contributions in a monthly security column at in her “Security Advisor” column. Don’t forget

Chapter 13 Premium Security: ISA Server 2000

Microsoft’s ISA Server site at And monitor and for the latest updates related to security matters.


Perhaps you’re like me and have attended Microsoft Official Curriculum courses that, to be honest, left you hungry. Such is not the case with the ISA Server 2000 three-day course titled Deploying and Managing Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000 (Course 2159). I found this three day course to be excellent and worth the time and expense. Full details at


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