ISA 2006 is soon going to be available to the general public and this is a good time for you to get to know the new and improved features included in the new ISA firewall. At this time, the www.microsoft.com/isaserver site isn’t providing much information about what’s new and cool in the ISA firewall, so it’s hard to determine whether it’s worth the upgrade. I’ll tell you now, the new ISA firewall is worth the upgrade!
How do I know? Because I’ve identified over 40 new or improved features included in the 2006 ISA firewall. That’s forty reasons for you to upgrade. But do you know what those new features are? You won’t find them in the Help file that comes with the ISA Server 2006 downloadable trial version, and you won’t find them anywhere on the Microsoft Web site. You’re going to have to figure them out on your own or wait until our ISA Server 2006 book comes out later this year.
Until then, I want to motivate you to find these new features yourself. First, download the Trial version of the new ISA firewall and get it installed. Download the Enterprise Edition because that’s the one with the most new and improved features (although SE has a lot of new and improved stuff too!). Then identify at least 20 new and improved features and email me that list.
If you’re one of the first three people to email me a list of 20 or more new and improved features seen in ISA 2006, I’ll send you a copy of our ISA 2006 book when it comes out, or if you can’t wait, I’ll send you a copy of our new ISA 2004 book (Cheating at Configuring ISA Server 2004).
Send your list of new and improved features to [email protected]