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Issue with forced web proxy authentication - ISA 2004

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Hi Experts,

I am very new to ISA 2004 and to ISA in general.  We just upgraded to from SBS standard to SBS premium, we did it mainly for the sql server, but it also comes with ISA 2004 so we are going to start using it for web control.

So far this is what I have accomplished:
ISA is set up in single network adapter mode, my internal network is 10.10.0.X, so I have my internal network defined in isa as 10.10.0.0 to 10.10.0.255.  I then set up a group policy that forces IE to use the ISA server as a web proxy.  At that point I was seeing clients in the web proxy logging but everyone was showing up as anonymous.  So then I went in the properties of the local network in ISA and clicked the web proxy tab, then authentication, and ticked the box to require authentication.  Then usernames magically started showing up in the logs using windows integrated authentication.

Now my problem is this is small buisness server, so we also have an internal web site running and outlook web access.  We would like some upper level management to not run through the proxy, but for some reason they get blocked from internal websites then.  They get a 403 error saying ISA has blocked the URL.  In the log in ISA I see the denied http request, but there is no rule associated with the deny, and of course the username is anonymous.

I tried modifying my local network to exclude the server, but then I can't browse the web from the server.  So is there anyway to force this authentication but still allow anonymous requests to the server?  If you need any more explanation please ask, I tried to explain this the best I could.
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If you have users for whom you want to bypass the authentication then exclude their machines from the group policy you have created. As you have only one nic in the SBS server (thats unusual these days for sbs 2003 premium) the default gateway on your machines will be pointing at the router, not the SBS box as is normally the case.

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Sorry, guess I didn't explain it well enough, I already know how to exclude users from using the proxy.  The problem is that the users that are excluded from using the proxy can not view the internal website hosted on the server.  They get an access denied message from the ISA server.  It seems as if all the web traffic from the server is going through ISA and if I force authentication, then users that are not going through the proxy never get authenticated and ISA denies them from viewing websites hosted on the server.  I still want to force authentication, but I want to allow non-authenticated users to view websites hosted on the server.

And I have already tried publishing the web site, it doesn't work.  The rules never get applied, it just instantly denies it because it see this anonymous request.  The problem I think is I forced authentication on the local network and I can't exclude the server on the local network because that just causes other problems.  But now I think I just thought of something, I wonder if I can create another network set that does exclude the server and force authentication on that.  I'll give that a try and see what happens.
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