ISA Server 2004 at TechEd in San Diego

ISA Server 2004 at TechEd in San Diego

By Thomas W Shinder M.D., MVP

ISA Server 2004 is the next version of ISA Server and it promises to bring ISA Server into the realm of real network firewalls. ISA Server 2004 applies firewall policy to all interfaces and allows you find tuned control over all communications moving through the ISA Server 2004 firewall. The LAT is gone and you can lock down VPN users using firewall policy so that VPN users access only the resources they need and no more! If you haven’t had a chance to try out ISA Server 2004, then head on over to and follow the links to download a copy of the beta 2 version.

While no one knows when ISA Server 2004 will be officially released to the public, there is going to be a lot of ISA Server 2004 activity at the upcoming TechEd conference in San Diego this month. In fact, I’ll be there too! It would be great to meet up with members at TechEd so that we can share tips, tricks and secrets with each other.

I’ll be available in a number of venues during the entire week of TechEd. I’ll be hanging out at the Network Security Lounge all week to talk to you about your configs and answer questions you have about both ISA Server 2000 and ISA Server 2004. Bring your network diagrams and isainfo information and anything else you want and we’ll get down to solving your problems. That’s what I’m there for! Here’s my schedule for the Network Security Lounge:

Network Security Lounge Schedule – Tom Shinder







Tom Shinder

1-3 PM; 7-9 PM

2-4 PM

Noon-2 PM; 6-8 PM

11AM-1 PM; 5-7 PM

11AM-1 PM; 5-6 PM

I’ll also be doing a “Cabana” session where I’ll give a short presentation on ISA Server 2004’s new and improved support for VPN and Exchange Server. ISA Server 2004 brings some very unique features to the table when it comes to protecting Exchange Servers and controlling VPN client access. These features are “one of a kind” when it comes to firewall protection for Microsoft networks and I think you’ll be impressed. If you have time on Monday, stop on by. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers. Maybe even some demos if I can get a machine to demo with.

Monday May 24
5:00 PM –
6:15 PM


ISA Server 2004 Enhanced Microsoft Exchange and VPN Services Support:
How ISA Server 2004 Provides Enhanced Security


There will also be a “Birds of a Feather (BOF)” session where I’ll be there with a number of other ISA Server gurus like Jim Harrison, Jason Ballard, Chris Gregory and others (if you’re not on this list, let me know and I’ll put you on it). We don’t have a time for this yet, but you can keep up to date on the BOF session by going to When I get more info on a specific time and date, I’ll post that info here.

Finally, I’ll get hanging out at the Network Engines booth during the week. Network Engines has a very cool ISA Server based Firewall Appliance that has been optimized to protect your Exchange Servers. It’s a unique concept and its been getting a lot of positive attention. If you’re in the market for an ISA Server based firewall appliance, then come on over and I’ll give you the inside info on how it works and how you might get the most out of it to protect your Exchange Server organization. Check out for details on the Firewall for Exchange Server.

I hope you enjoyed this article and found something in it that you can apply to your own network. If you have any questions on anything I discussed in this article, head on over to;f=2;t=012849 and post a message. I’ll be informed of your post and will answer your questions ASAP. Thanks! –Tom

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