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Overview

ISA Server 2006 Appliance (mISA or mISAE Series) provides value to IT managers, network administrators, and information security professionals who are concerned about the security, performance, manageability, or reduced cost of network operations. ISA Server 2006 Appliance (mISA or mISAE Series) can help you:

  1. Defend Against External and Internal Web-Based Threats. ISA Server 2006 Appliance (mISA or mISAE Series) was engineered to deliver stronger security to manage and protect your networks.
  2. Securely Publish Content for Remote Access. ISA Server 2006 Appliance (mISA or mISAE Series) helps streamline the implementation providing security for corporate applications accessed over the Internet.
  3. Connect and Secure Branch Offices. ISA Server 2006 Appliance (mISA or mISAE Series) provides a robust way to securely expand corporate networks reducing network costs by leveraging existing network connections.

1. Defending Your Environment Against External and Internal Internet-Based Threats

Businesses need to eliminate the damaging effects of malware and attackers through a comprehensive set of tools for scanning and blocking harmful content, files, and Web sites. ISA Server 2006 Appliance (mISA or mISAE Series) can help organizations protect their environments from internally and externally originating Internet-based threats. With a hybrid proxy-firewall architecture, deep content inspection, granular policies, and comprehensive alerting and monitoring capabilities, ISA Server 2006 Appliance (mISA or mISAE Series) makes it easier to manage and protect your network. Read more about Internet Access Protection Internet Access Protection with ISA Server 2006 Appliance (mISA or mISAE Series).

Smaller Size Deployment (mISA)

Smaller Size Deployment (mISA):

Medium-Large Size Deployment (mISAE)

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2. Securely Publishing Your Content for Remote Access

Businesses need to provide employees and partners with secure and appropriate remote access to applications, documents, and data from any PC or device.

ISA Server 2006 Appliance (mISA or mISAE Series) enables organizations to make their Exchange, SharePoint, and other Web application servers accessible in a more secure way to remote users outside the corporate network. By pre-authenticating users before they gain access to any published servers, inspecting even encrypted traffic at the application layer in a stateful manner, and providing automated publishing tools, ISA Server 2006 Appliance (mISA or mISAE Series) makes it easier to provide security for corporate applications accessed over the Internet. Read more about Secure Remote Access with ISA Server 2006 Appliance (mISA or mISAE Series).

Smaller Size Deployment (mISA)

Smaller Size Deployment (mISA):

Smaller Size Deployment (mISA)

Medium-Large Size Deployment (mISAE):

Smaller Size Deployment (mISA)

Medium-Large Size Deployment (Additional mIAG Appliance):

Note: IAG is a standalone appliance, it is not available as software add-on option with a mISA or mISAE as a single-appliance package (more)

3. Connecting and Securing Your Branch Offices

Businesses need to connect remote-site branch offices to their corporate headquarters, provide security-enhanced Internet access from branch offices and utilize limited bandwidth more efficiently.

Organizations can use ISA Server 2006 Appliance (mISA or mISAE Series) to connect to and secure their branch offices, while efficiently utilizing network bandwidth. By providing HTTP compression, caching of content (including software updates) and site-to-site virtual private network (VPN/IPSec) capabilities integrated with application-layer filtering, ISA Server 2006 Appliance (mISA or mISAE Series) makes it easier to securely expand corporate networks. Read more about Branch Office Security with ISA Server 2006 Appliance (mISA or mISAE Series).

Smaller Size Deployment (mISA)

Smaller Size Deployment (mISA):

Smaller Size Deployment (mISA)

Medium-Large Size Deployment (mISAE):

Additional Information: Difference Between mISA and mISAE

Differences between mISA (based on Microsoft ISA Server Standard Edition) and mISAE (based on Microsoft ISA Server Enterprise Edition). Following table compares and contrasts the features between two editions.

Features mISA ISA Standard Edition mISAE Enterprise Edition
ISA System Scalability:
Networks Unlimited Unlimited, Adds Enterprise Networks
Scalability: Scale Up CPU/RAM Upto 4 CPU's and 4GB of RAM Unlimited (per windows server 2003 operating system)
Scalability: Scale Out (Clustering) Single Server, No Clustering Large Array of Servers, Up to 32 nodes through Network Load Balancing (NLB) Cluster
Network Caching Support Single Server Storage Unlimited (through Cache Array Routing Protocol (CARP))

Appliance Availability:
Microsoft Windows NLB
(Network Load Balancing)

Not Supported, Single Server, No NLB Clustering Yes, NLB Clustering Integrated
ISA Manageability:
Policy Management Local on Server NLB Cluster Array and Enterprise policies use Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM)
Branch Office Policy Management Yes, Manual (through the manual import and export policy) NLB Cluster Array and Enterprise policies use Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM)
Centralized ISA CSS (ISA Configuration Storage Server) Policy Management for Branches and easy deployment
Monitoring/Alerting Single, Individual Single-Server monitoring console
MOM (Microsoft Operations Manager Management Pack Support
Centralized, Multi-Server Monitoring Console
MOM (Microsoft Operations Manager Management Pack Support
Support for Multiple Networks Templates Templates

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