Wednesday, July 18, 2007

ISA no longer to be supported on SBS

Here's some more confirmation that ISA on SBS is going bye, bye.
 
- SBS no longer will support being the edge box. You'll need SBS to be behind a network firewall of some sort -- could be a hardware firewall, could be a software firewall, such as ISA.

- ISA, itself, will no longer support running on the SBS server itself They're building the SBS tools in the next rev assuming that the network firewall is elsewhere.
 
As we have said before this a good move we believe since it means less load and less services running on the poor old SBS box. It will also mean that users can still surf the net if there is problem with the SBS server.
 
Don't get us wrong ISA is a great product and can do some amazing things but the bottom line for most businesses running SBS all they want is a firewall. They don't want reporting or web publishing and so on. So the easiest option is to buy a dedicated firewall device that just does the basics and give more memory to SBS to do other stuff.