ISA2006 - creating a URL set to use as a whitelist

Posted on 2010-09-06
Last Modified: 2013-11-16

I have been using my ISA2006 box successfully for a little while now. How I would like to now create a "white-list" to stop users getting onto any site not mentioned in the list.

I have this working in test environment, however I have issues adding sites to the white-list and making them work correctly. For example i know to add yahoo i would include in the URL-set **

However a site i need to add is

So in my thinking i have added ** and even **

Yet it still won't work, and i'm struggling for ideas



Question by:marky1984
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Expert Comment

ID: 33611035
ISA cannot see the URLs in an SSL session,
You cannot use a URL set - you'd be better with a domain set

Author Comment

ID: 33611063
Thanks for the reply, how would i add the mentioned URL above in there then?

Accepted Solution

CGretski earned 250 total points
ID: 33611080
Your domain name set would contain
That would allow all subdomains/servers of
You'd need to add also if you use that  (without the www. )
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by:Keith Alabaster
Keith Alabaster earned 250 total points
ID: 33611470
You should not have a url set with an * at both the front and at the end - it can have unpredictable results. In the same way you should not mix 'types' in a url set. For example, you should not have an FQDN type url entry and an ip address entry in the same url set. The same also applies to domain sets.

In respect to the https, when you create a url set, or add/delete an entry, it states clearly in the box that the entry supports http only, not https.

ISA CAN deal with https but only at the moment the initial request is made - and only if the respective https site is the FIRST site requested. The best-practice route to deal with https is as mentioned above, with a domain set.

Alternatively, you can upgrade to the newest version called Forefront TMG 2010 which DOES allow inspection of https traffic.

Keith - ISA & Forefront MVP

Author Comment

ID: 33612461
Excellent, I will have a dig at all this later and let you know how i get on


Author Comment

ID: 33616432
Well that made my life a lot simpler, THANKS!

I have another slight issue in that the daimler site use an embedded java app. This won't go though my ISA at all, it asks for authentication and no matter what i put in it won't work. I have tried creating a rule for the specific site to allow all users through but still no joy. I can get it to work going via other proxies not managed by myself but this isn't ideal

My ISA log for the query is attached

Expert Comment

ID: 33619190
On your "allow" rule, are you allowing all content types or just http?

Author Comment

ID: 33624440
It allows all types
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Expert Comment

by:Keith Alabaster
ID: 33629287
Different question Mark - this one is done.

Author Comment

ID: 33634319
no worries, thanks for the help!

Will ask another question shortly.

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