can the hub transport role and client access server in exchange 2007 be placed in a dmz?
Posted on 2008-10-08
I am deploying exchange 2007 and do not have enough hardware to use Microsoft best practices with an edge transport server in a workgroup in a dmz. The deployment plan is to have the hub transport and client access server on a seperate server, and the mailbox servers will be in a CCR cluster with no other roles on them. Windows server 2003 R2 64bit will be used as the os.
Microsoft does not support the client access server role in a dmz. It seems to be poor security practice to have the client access server in a dmz, as the amount of ports that need to be open create a security risk between the intranet and internal LAN. Many articles recommend a reverse proxy with ISA server if you are going to place the CAS and hub transport in a dmz. The company has ironport boxes which act as smtp gateways, along with firewalls that have application layer scanning and sophisticated packet intrusion detection capabilities Is it acceptable to place the hub transport role and client access role on the same server behind the corporate firewall? In this case we are depending on the security of the ironport boxes to protect the hub and client access roles.
What is the recommended solution in this case?