Installing the R2 Premium Technologies

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by JJ, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. JJ

    JJ Guest

    Hi:

    I'm a newbie to SBS.

    I just installed SBS 2003 R2. Now, do I have to perform all the tasks in the
    To Do List before I install the Premium technologies, especailly ISA Server?

    I haven't even configured my Internet connection (it's still an item in my
    To Do List). I'm kind of holding back since I don't think it would be a good
    idea to expose my server to the Internet without installing ISA Server first.

    What should I be doing here?

    Thx.
     
    JJ, Aug 31, 2007
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  2. Hi JJ:

    IMHO, you should run the CEICW before you install ISA, just to be sure that
    everything works. ISA is really an optional component, and nothing bad is
    going to happen if you test the functionality of your sever before you
    install ISA.

    If this installation is a "swing migration" there are some trouble shooting
    steps that should be preformed before you go any further. If not, no
    problem.

    Run the CEICW, verify that your clients and the server can both access the
    internet. Then disconnect the cable from the wan side of the router if it
    will raise your comfort level, and install the rest of the apps and the R2
    stuff.

    Larry
     
    Larry Struckmeyer, Sep 1, 2007
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  3. JJ

    JJ Guest

    Will I break something if I delay configuring the Internet connection until
    after ISA Server has been installed?

    Thanks.
     
    JJ, Sep 1, 2007
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  4. probably not. But if something IS broken, you will have a much more
    difficult time figuring out what. Just run it, and connect to the inet.
    www.support.microsoft.com is not going to give you a virus or attempt to
    break into your system, and the bad guys are not going to find you in 1
    minute, and if they do, they are not going to break into your server in 1
    minute, and if they do you have more problems that ISA would fix.

    All users, and especially the administrators passwords should meet the
    complexity requirements. Pass Phrases are better than passwords.

    Ohoho State 48 Michigan -12 go Bucs! is better than any single word, no
    matter how complex. Tea 4 2 $ is not bad, but it is not long enough. The
    point is to make a phrase that is hard to forget but impossible to guess.
    My dawg Used 2 haVe Fleas *.*

    Anyone trying a brute force attack is going to try every ASCII character in
    every position. In the case of a 15 letter password, that is 256 to the
    15th. A very large number indeed. While it seems more difficult that
    123456, a pass phrase is actually easier to remember, and much more secure,
    than a pass word.

    Not only that, but under 15 characters, the old lanman hashing technique
    made kept them in a table that has been broken.

    Larry
     
    Larry Struckmeyer, Sep 1, 2007
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