What do you want to do with it?
Looking for some opinions, theres 3 of us in our IT team and only one of us knows linux, this becomes problematic when that one isnt around...
now assuming we have the hardware capable of running ISA and the knowledge of how it works would people recommend for or against it?
any past experiances people have with how good or bad it is would be appreciated
(i know it'd probably be easier to just learn linux but im not very good at learning something when im not interested in it, im willing to bet money that i could learn IAS server in a third of the time it would take me to learn linux :P)
What do you want to do with it?
sorry might have been a good idea if id mentioned that , we want to use it as a windows proxy, thus removing the last bit of linux involved in our school (apart from a little ftp server the kids use but no one cares about that)
Threw IAS away and implemented FreeRADIUS on a Linux box a while ago.
Are you sure it's IAS you want and not ISA then?
Just to clarify: Are you wanting to use radius authentication via IAS or are you wanting to do proxying via ISA?
It sounds like he wants to proxy using ISA I blame microsoft for having 2 products with the same 3 letters
woops sorry its ISA
Instead of throwing money at Microsoft crap I'd recommend investing in some Linux training which will benefit yourselves and the school in the long-term.
EDIT: Just read you couldn't care less about Linux... hey-ho :P
I don't think isa is a crap just becaue its from Microsoft, this forum has got a lot of anti MS people here but lets face it which ever solutions works for the organisation should be the main aim when evaluating or passing judgement on products.
We use ISA 2004 on our network with 2000 users and 800+pcs joined to domain and its doing the job very well. This is not to say that another solution would do the job better or worse than this.
We use ISA Server 2000, and find it good. Been using it for 3 years.
We have played with Linux proxy's, but found they all seem to want an Indent client installing on every machine if you want to use authentication, with ISA Server its all integrated.
The LEA gave us an RM Smartcache 2, gave it em back after 6 months, what a pile of poo that was.
IPCop here with AdvancedProxy + URLFilter + CRE addons. Transparent NT authentication (without ident) and has been working reliably for 3 years. Nice web GUI, per-room internet on/off, keywords/blacklist/whitelist... can't fault it.
We are using ISA here to perform the same sorts of capabilities as webman above, (per room internet on/off, blacklist/whitelist/individual user banning etc. )
Havent had any troubles with it.
School I was at prior to coming here had a linux system for it and I have to admit that worked fine too.
I think both options are viable, and it will really boil down to which one you can pick up easier
See if your Grid has an offering, we use a SWGfL badged product by RM. It's a breeze to set up and I find it quicker than the ISA server we also have. The filtering and logging of the system is also good.
We also use the ISA server for connecting back into the school
Do any of these solutions work in a way, where you can block access to websites for a certain user but allow access for others.
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