Andrew Connell

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So I’m trying to setup ISA on my home network… but not as a firewall. There are just two things I want:

  • VPN server - I’ve got stuff hosted inside my home network that I’d like to gain access to while remote, but not expose it. Such as source control, network shares, personal WSS sites used for organization and storage of stuff… etc.
    • So basically all I want is to connect using the OOTB Vista client connection, using my home AD login, and be assigned an IP on my private network and act like I’m at home. Nothing special… just like how many companies do it. I don’t want to have to install some client.
  • Domain forwarding - think port-forwarding, but not port based, rather domain based. When I browse to http://foo.[mydomain].com , I want it to go to my house and have ISA route it to the correct server based on the domain. Port forwarding is not what I want.

While ISA does a lot of other stuff (firewall, filtering, etc), I don’t want all that… at least not now. All of the clients on my current network will still get IPs via DHCP from my router and go out the way they do without ISA. ISA will only handle inbound stuff (once I get it setup, I’ll modify my router to forward all traffic to my ISA box which will forward from there).

While there are other options out there, I know I can do this with ISA and I really want to use it. Partially for some hands on experience. I suspect what I’m trying to do is pretty simple… it just isn’t for me. :) First priority is VPN, then domain forwarding.

So why post this? Well, I’m not very good with ISA and so far I’ve been unable to get it to work. Right now I’m just trying to establish a connection from my laptop to the ISA server on my trusted LAN… not from the outside. Regardless… no success. So, I’m looking for someone who can help me set this up. We’d have to communicate via email and I really want to understand how this work, not just be a keyboard monkey doing what I’m told. To compensate you for the time, I can offer up a free MSDN Team Suite Subscription.

If you’re interested in helping, please contact me by leaving a comment. For this one blog post, I won’t publish the comments and leave them moderated for your privacy. I’ll contact you directly so make sure you leave your email.

Andrew Connell
Developer & Chief Course Artisan, Voitanos LLC. | Microsoft MVP
Written by Andrew Connell

Andrew Connell is a web developer with a focus on Microsoft Azure & Microsoft 365. He’s received Microsoft’s MVP award every year since 2005 and has helped thousands of developers through the various courses he’s authored & taught. Andrew’s the founder of Voitanos and is dedicated to delivering industry-leading on-demand video training to professional developers. He lives with his wife & two kids in Florida.