ISA Server, Exchange, DMZ-Intranet

Posted on 2002-03-25
Last Modified: 2013-11-16
I have a ISA Configuration looking like this:
Internet - ISA1 - DMZ - ISA2 - Intranet

The DMZ and Intranet are using addresses.

On the intranet is a Exchange Server 2000 with the "integrated" IIS  web
mail functionality.

I want to read the web mail from internet and therfore trying to publish
the exchange webserver via ISA2 and publish the ISA2 via ISA1. Since
exchange web mail relies on hostname I need to push the hostname all the
way through both ISA servers.

However, doing this I get the following error message when i browse this
page from the internet:
403 Forbidden - The server denies the specified Uniform Resource Locator
(URL). Contact the server administrator. (12202)
Internet Security and Acceleration Server

Any tips or ideas?
Question by:campell
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chris_calabrese earned 100 total points
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Yes, don't do this!  Instead go with a full VPN setup and let your users access the actual internal mail server, among other things.

Yes, this is more work.  But it's also more powerful and likely more secure.

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anzen earned 100 total points
ID: 6954271

You're breaking a lot of security rules, don't do it, the only safe way I see is moving the exchange server to the DMZ where it could be published using the "outer" ISA; the intranet users will then access it through the "inner" ISA server; this way if someone breaks into your mail server he won't be able to compromise your intranet


Expert Comment

ID: 6954277

Another note: it would be better to have the DMZ on a completely different subnet; i.e. if the intranet is using a 192.168.x.y subnet you could use a 10.x.y.z for the DMZ, this way if someone "penetrates" the DMZ he won't have a glue about the internal network addressing scheme


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Hey people,

No comment has been added in roughly 1 year, so it's time to clean up this TA.
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