Firewall for Web Server

I looking for an inexpensive firewall.. That will run on Windows 2008 R2 Web server... I need to stay outside my ISA 2006 firewall (my internal network)... I like to have something better than just the Windows firewall thats on the there... Like to see activity, intrusion etc... And possible anti-virus (inexpensive) server based...
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HarsemConnect With a Mentor Commented:

one little follow-up post. You can also purchase Intrusion Detection/Prevention Mudules for Cisco ASA Firewalls making this a Firewall + IPS. But this is Cisco - and they charge quite a bit for this. I won't go into what IPS is better than the other, but there are a lot of good resources out there.

You wil lalso find that some IPS vendors are now starting to include Firewall capabilities in their products (such as SourceFire). Further, F5 is now also offering Firewall capabilities, and they also have good application level monitoring. Just a matter of what features you want and how much money you want to spend.

Do you like to play with kaspersky which has a great firewall in new version for servers called small office security 2 (KOSS2). Not sure price will match you. There are all things you need
If you go with it do not check price in website, check with authorized dealer in your country area

Windows firewall can be configured to log all activity. YOu can manage this via group policy and replicate these settings to all of your domain. I have used this multiple times before in various offices and Datacentres.

A Firewall cannot log intrusions, it can only log what has been allowed and/or what has been denied.

I like the Windows Firewall as it can intregrate tightly with the applicaiton, so rather than saying "Allow TCP 80 inbound" you can state this that TCP 80 inbound has to be available to WebServer.exe (or whatever web server software you use).

For Anti-Virus you can use Microsoft's own - as I personally don't like any that are out there. All the majors seem to be signature based, and if you go for heuristics or "advanced Threat Prevention" they tend to eat CPU like nothing else.

Side note: YOu can go a lot further and start using Software Restriction Policies in Windows which are more tedious to set up - but give great protection.

Ben VrijsenOwnerCommented:
Have a look at Astaro! (recently taken over by Sophos)
You can get it as a complete package (hardware & software) or as only software.  (The only thing you then is get a pc with 2 nics and enough RAM in it)
Astaro also has "home" editions available.  This is the complete package, but limited to about 50 IP's on the LAN side.
It's a really appliance with very nice reporting tools.
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