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Does Edge server require isa 2006? RRS feed

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  • We are a small company, 30-40 users, we have a FE OCS R2 2007 server .. a backend sql box.. i wanted to setup the edge server, so offsite users could launch communicator and join meetings, share desktops, etc.. its my understanding, this is the only way to make that work.

    Is the ISA server required to make this happen though?

    Thanks for any tips
    Thursday, May 14, 2009 6:31 PM

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  • EDIT:  it would appear 2006 cant install on a 2008 server.. but there is a new version called Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway?  I'm guessing this one is what i would need, provided it is truly needed.


    Thursday, May 14, 2009 6:51 PM

  • ISA Server 2006 is the recommended reverse proxy in the DMZ for OCS / R2 deployment but you are free to choose and use other solutions.
    http://www.leedesmond.com
    Thursday, May 14, 2009 8:50 PM
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  • I have seen deployments that have decided not to deploy the Reverse Proxy role. You lose a lot of functionality that makes external user experience frustrating; Not being able to lookup contacts in the address book, not being able to expand distribution lists, etc...

    Most installs that I have seen use a 2003 box with ISA 2006 for the Reverse Proxy. Forefront Threat Management Gateway would be another option that would support 2008.

    So, to answer your question. Reverse Proxy is not an absolute requirement, but your external user experience will suffer as a result.
    Thursday, May 14, 2009 9:20 PM
  • There are many past threads on this exact topic, here is one with a lot of details in it:
    http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/communicationsserveredgeservers/thread/65f18de9-00e7-4ee1-be44-f4b952345288/
    Jeff Schertz, PointBridge | MVP | MCITP: Enterprise Messaging | MCTS: OCS
    Thursday, May 14, 2009 9:27 PM
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