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Publishing Exchange HT-CAS 2007 with Threat Management Gateway 2010 ?

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Hi Folks,

I got 2 Exchange servers 2007 with the Hub Transport and Client Access Server role combined together and then running Windows NLB with IGMP Multicast (recommended by Vmware).

When publishing with Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010, shall I create the rule to point into the Virtual Server / cluster name or one of the HT-CAS server only ?
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
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So is it possible to change the published site to point to the NLB cluster virtual IP instead of one server FQDN ?
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by:Will Szymkowski
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When you are dealing with a Load Balancer the point of the Vitrual IP is so that it can distribute the load between the 2 servers based on the servers health. If you point it directly to the IP or FQDN of one of the servers this defeats the purpose of a load balancer. Also another thing, WNLB is not supported in a production environment and only should be used for testing environments.

If possible i would consider getting a hardware load balanacer or a vitrual load balancer.

Will.
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Will,

Is this official from Microsoft or not the best practice ?
because when I join this company, the HT-CAS is already using WNLB as IGMP Multicast and then published by TMG 2010 to the internet.

if it is not recommended by Microsoft, then what should I do then to publish it to the internet securely ?
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Jamie McKillop earned 500 total points
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WNLB is not supported in a production environment and only should be used for testing environments

WNLB is most certainly supported on the CAS/HT role. What isn't specifically supported is the use of Exchange Server authentication on the HT role when using WNLB. See here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd577077%28v=exchg.80%29.aspx

That said, I don't recommend using WNLB. Hardware load balancers are far superior. Unfortunately, they are also expensive, so you may be stuck with WNLB due to your budget.

Another option you have is to ditch WNLB and setup TMG to publish your servers as a farm. You would need to have your internal clients pointed at your TMG server to maintain redundancy though. Also, I assume you have have a TMG array for fault tolerance and redundancy.

-JJ
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No my TMG 2010 is just standard deployment.

I had a problem when I vMotioned the HT-CAS it broke the Activesync, so the fix was to change the Activesync publishing rule in TMG 2010 to pint just one HT-CAS server instead of the VIP fqdn or the WNLB DNS names.

Strange and hard to believe.

It used to work fine but somehow live migration broke the Activesync
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by:Jamie McKillop
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My suggestion would be to ditch WNLB and use farm publishing in TMG.

-JJ
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Cool,

So in this case let the existing HT-CAS configuration work as it is but then change the TMG publishing rule only into farm publishing for the Activesync ?

For the Hub Transport I see no issue with email flow. It was just the Activesync that is doesn't work when the NLB is drainstopped and then resumed and started.
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I would go to farm publishing for all your web services. You get the added benefit that TMG can do some health checks and automatically remove a member from the farm if there is an issue.

-JJ
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Thanks man ! you are very helpful !
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