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Which service of ISA2006 is the one i should restart?

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I set up an ISA 2006 firewall and proxy server on our testing environment. I noticed that there are four services running for ISA2006, they are:
1. Microsoft Firewall
2. Microsoft ISA Server Control
3. Microsoft ISA Server Job Scheduler
4. Microsoft ISA Server Storage

My question is if i want to restart ISA2006 service, which one should i choose to restart. In other words, which one is the most fundamental one. I know on exchange server, there is a service named exchange admin service i can use to restart all exchange related services.

Besides, would you guys give me a simple explaination of these four services, or a link to instroduce these four ISA2006 services.

Thank you in advance.
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by:Keith Alabaster
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Firewall service is the normal one to restart,

Firewall service - this is the traditional service that runs the proxy itself.

Control Service - Controls the ISA server policy etc

Job Scheduler   - Things that you have automated in ISA - you can schediule to pull down web sites to rebuild your cache at periodic times, setting up the schedule in ISA of when people are allowed to use the services etc

Server Storage  - CSS - the central repository of where the ISA Enterprise configs are held

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by:Jason Yu
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Thank you, do you have any more resource about these services.

Besides, how to improve my ISA firewall operation skill, i think you are an expert on ISA firewall.

Comparing to hardware firewall, i think ISA 2006 software firewall is more powerful and functional, do you agree with it.

Also, i want to know, comparing to CISCO's PIX and ASA firewall, which one is hard to set up. I didn't have opportunity to use CISCO's firewall products, i only used Juniper's and sonic wall's hardware firewall.

Thank you for your timely reply.
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Keith Alabaster earned 2000 total points
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Do the MS training courses, read the MS Press ISA2004 manuals or check this link out. 9There are no 2006 manuals as it is too similar to 2004 in method of operation. Download the evaluation versions from the MS Web site and build a test box using Virtual PC. No better way to learn.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb898433(TechNet.10).aspx

No, I don't agree. All firewalls have their weaknesses and strengths and each product should be selected on its merits to meet a specirfic set of requirements. The Cisco PIX and the ISA2004/2006 firewall both meet the EAL4+ independent accreditation - the nest there is. ISA is also a fantastic proxy server also and this generally swings it for me. Only used the ASA box once and, personally, did not like it. Still a good unit though according to reports.

They are all easy to setup out of the box if you are suitably trained or knowledgeable in the respective technologies. These are all specialist products and to get the best out of them requires an understanding of what they do and how they operate.

If you do it properly and document/model what you want to achieve first on paper, then in a test environment before putting into a production environment, then it is quite straightforward.
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by:Jason Yu
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Thank you very much for your explaination.
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Thanks :)
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