One obvious feature still not included with the ISA firewall is a good backup solution. Since there is no complete solution available, many ISA firewall admins resort to a mix of solutions, or just ignore the problem altogether. Winfrasoft's Backup for ISA Server finally fills in that gap.
Your ISA Firewall's Web Filters are powerless to inspect outbound SSL connections for unauthorized Web browsing, viruses, trojans, Web exploits and prohibited content. This can be happening right under your firewall's nose and you won't find out until it's too late! This review on Collective Software's ClearTunnel shows how you can protect yourself from the SSL Security Hole.
There are a number of solutions on the market today that plug into the ISA firewall’s Web proxy filter that enable you to block dangerous downloads and non-work related Web sites. One of the slickest and easiest to configure and manage solutions I’ve found so far is the GFI WebMonitor 3.0.
In this review we take a look at the HP DL320 hardware ISA firewall. The HP ProLiant DL320 is built on HP’s reliable and high performance DL320 G3 hardware. This sturdy ISA-based hardware firewall is targeted at the experienced ISA firewall administrator who wants a pre-built and pre-hardened ISA firewall delivered to the door, ready to plug in and deploy. The HP DL320 gives you a clean ISA firewall experience by focusing on hardware performance optimization and leaving you the option to install add-in software as you like, something you can’t do with all the ISA hardware firewalls on the market today. In addition, HP throws in a few app and network layer enhancements that are sure to improve your overall network security posture.
As good as the ISA firewall’s built-in Web site access control features are, you can always do better. To squeeze out the last ounce of stateful application layer inspection protection for Web connections, you’ll need a comprehensive and smart add-on. We tested SurfControl Web Filter for ISA Server 2004 and found it a stalwart partner in pumping up the ISA firewall security to the next level.
Need a way to view in real time what users are accessing on the Web? How about an easy way to disconnect users who are downloading giant sized files? If so, then you need GFI's WebMonitor 2. This is a *must have* FREEWARE utility for all ISA firewall admins. Check out this article for details on what GFI WebMonitor 2 can do for you.
Looking for a dedicated VPN Server for your Microsoft Network? If so, you're in for a treat! Check out this review of the Celestix RAS3000 and see how it just might be the perfect VPN solution for you.
Instant messaging (IM) is one of the most popular Internet applications today, but in a business environment, it can also be one of the most troublesome. In addition to wasting time and decreasing employee productivity, the use of IM software can also put your organization in a precarious legal position if your company is in an industry that falls under certain regulations, such as HIPAA (health care industry), SEC Rules (financial services industry) and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (public company accounting oversight). Check out this review to see how Akonix beats down the dreaded Instant Messengers.
Uptime is the clarion call of the network admin. File servers need to be up, mail servers need to be up, Web servers need to be up and database servers need to be up. All these servers need to be up and doing their jobs around the clock. These days the life’s blood of your business is your Internet connection, which means you also need your firewall to be fault tolerant. But is NLB enough or do you need something beefier to do the heavy lifting? Find out here!