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Reader mail – I love hearing from readers! ISA and SBS 2008

Today is Monday and it is the administrative day at work – sales meetings, operations meetings, accounting meetings, etc. So to break up the day, I did two things. First – I started streaming some public radio music so I could rock on. Second – I answered a reader’s e-mail regarding ISA and Small Business Server 2008 (SBS).

The reader wrote:

Hi Harry,

Do you have any idea why Microsoft removed ISA from SBS Premium?  I guess I was the minority but I ONLY sold SBS 2003 Premium because of ISA and loved it.  I did not have 1 installation hacked or any serious incidents and I attribute it to ISA.  Do they have any plans to reincorporate it or it’s newer version into SBS 2008?

Do you happen to have the Product Manager’s name and e-mail address for SBS 2008?  I’d like to give them my 2 cents worth!

Thanks in advance for your time….Vince

And I answered:

Hi Vince and thank you so much for the e-mail. I greatly appreciate it.

The short story on the ISA matter is that Microsoft really turned that over to 3rd parties – and I support that. To be honest – a firewall on the edge such as Cisco, Untangle, SonicWall, etc. is much better than a dual-NIC scenario from the legacy SBS world. 🙂

If you’d like to communicate with Microsoft about this – and I encourage you to – your community manager is Kevin Beares at kbeares@microsoft.com and tell him Harryb sent ya!



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I love this stuff: Hey Harry…do you….

I just heard form an old SBS client back in the “day” when I was running mad installing and supporting the first few releases of SBS!

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Hey Harry,

Do you know of a spam firewall appliance that’s under $500.00?

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SBS 2008 Firewalls – reader replies and Webinar reminder

Folks – as I promised in my SMB Advisory newsletter, I am posting up reader replies to our conversation about firewall security in Small Business Server 2008 (2008).

Do not forget to attend our webinar tomorrow morning discussion this exact topic. Sign up here:


Here is the reply from Jason Harrison (thanks Jason for replying!)


In response to the firewall question in the latest newsletter….


I too have an extensive background with ISA / SBS firewalls (dating back to Proxy 2.0) and decided last year to start making the move towards stand alone UTM devices replacing ISA and the basic SBS standard firewall solution.  Why?  UTM’s provide yet another critical layer of enhanced security that the SBS platform did not offer.  Now with the SBS 2008 changes, I find myself ahead of the curve a bit in this area.


I started off working with SonicWALL devices.  I continued to look for alternatives because I was not that satisfied with what SonicWALL had to offer.  I did deeply investigate WatchGuard and several others (all that were mentioned in the newsletter plus a few more).  I choose Calyptix Security as the UTM / firewall device of choice for the following reasons:


  • Easy to configure and manage
  • Hardware platform was far superior to the competition (1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 40+ GB HD – killer hardware man!  Pair it up with SBS 2008 premium and you have EBS lite! J)
  • Software platform – Open BSD OS: The most secure OS on the planet!  Snort technology: sets the bar by which all other IDS/IPS systems are compared – THE gold standard in the industry, used by FBI and the Pentagon / US Dept of Defense.  DyVax: Calyptix own ground breaking, zero day, anti-malware, signature-less, scanning engine – first to catch all of the major threats over the last couple of years based on independent reports.
  • SBS Integration / AD Integration
  • Company has the SBS market square in their sights and wants to become THE UTM choice for the SBS market.
  • Killer features, solid information about security events, traffic trends, web use, etc.
  • Friendly flexible licensing
  • Incredible performance – one user streaming video or some other bandwidth intensive process does not bottleneck at the gateway like on other lower powered devices (SW would choke – only 200Mhz processor and 16MB cache)
  • It just works really, really well


Simply put, Calyptix is the box!  We’ve been using it here since early spring.  I have been recommending / deploying it everywhere including replacing quite a bit of other firewalls with the Calyptix solutions.



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SBSer wants to know if anyone has compared new firewalls

hey gang – go an e-mail from Mr. X today and he is interested specifically in comparing Untangle to Calyptix….anyone have experience with both?

I would like to expand this to include solicting feedback from anyone with the above plus Napera, WatchGuard and SonicWall…

Please post thoughtful replies to help Mr. X.


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