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Published: January 7, 2003

New wizards, features, and documentation in Internet and Security Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000 Feature Pack 1 provide greater ease of use for system administrators. Walk-throughs of common scenarios, such as configuring ISA Server to help protect Microsoft Outlook Web Access, make configuration easier. You can use ISA Server Feature Pack 1 to:

  • Simplify network protection with easy-to-use wizards.

  • Make intranet information available on the Internet with ease.

  • Answer questions about common scenarios.

Simplify Network Protection with Easy-to-Use Wizards

With the new wizards in ISA Server Feature Pack 1, you can easily configure ISA Server to help protect servers running Outlook Web Access and provide granular access to remote procedure call (RPC) services.

Outlook Web Access Wizard

The Outlook Web Access Wizard automatically streamlines network protection by:

  • Generating the necessary Web publishing rule and destination set with the correct elements.

  • Adding the correct listeners to the external ISA Server addresses.

  • Selecting the correct certificate for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) bridging.

Outlook Web Access Wizard screen shot

Quickly and easily configure ISA Server to help protect an Outlook Web Access deployment.

RPC Filter Configuration Wizard

Allowing access to specific RPC services with ISA Server used to mean opening up the network to allow all RPC traffic. Now, using the RPC Wizard in ISA Server Feature Pack 1, you can allow access to a specific set of RPC services on the corporate network. Just select the services from a list of interfaces available on the server that the wizard presents, or define them manually. You can use these service definitions in server publishing rules so that external clients can access them.

RPC Wizard screen shot

Provide granular access to internal RPC services with the RPC Wizard.

Make Intranet Information Available on the Internet with Ease

With the link translator, you have no need to rebuild individual intranet Web pages when you make them available on the Internet. Some intranet Web pages include references to internal names for computers that might appear as broken links to users browsing from the Internet. The link translator easily solves this problem.

Link Translator

The link translator enables you to cross-reference intranet Web server locations with externally available Web server locations, including translating HTTP to HTTPS and vice versa. These links inside Web server responses are automatically translated for users browsing from the Internet. This process minimizes the need to manually modify intranet Web pages before making them available on the Internet. The following scenario provides an example:

Link Translator diagram
  1. An Internet user requests a page from example.com's Web server.

  2. The page returned by the Web server contains absolute hyperlinks to example.com's intranet computer (http://example). Without the ISA Server Feature Pack 1 link translator, the user would receive the page with broken hyperlinks that still refer to the intranet address (http://example). Currently, the only way to avoid this problem is to manually modify all Web pages to eliminate broken links.

  3. When the page passes through ISA Server Feature Pack 1 with the link translator enabled, all references to intranet addresses (http://example) are translated to Internet addresses (http://example.com).

  4. The user receives the page with all of its hyperlinks correctly translated.

Answer Questions About Common Scenarios

Scenario walk-throughs and technical documentation make configuration easier and provide answers to commonly asked questions. Use scenario walk-throughs to configure Microsoft Exchange Server and Internet Information Services (IIS) deployments quickly and easily. The new documentation includes the following:

  • ISA Server Feature Pack 1 Documentation

  • Web Publishing Documentation

  • Exchange Server Publishing Documentation

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