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The Security Server in EBS environment

The Security Server is the second server installed in a Windows Essential Business Server 2008 deployment. It integrates with the existing Management Server and it is automatically configured for the typical needs of a <300 seat business. The Security Server offers stateful and stateless firewall protection, higher-layer protocol filtering on all traffic, and spam and malware protection for e-mail.

Primary Security Server Services

· Exchange Server 2007 Edge Transport Role – Performs multiple messaging functions including anti-spam and message hygiene, in addition to receiving all incoming e-mail and forwarding all outgoing e-mail;
· Forefront Threat Management Gateway, Medium Business Edition – (The next-generation of ISA server) Provides firewall services such as traffic filtering, and web antivirus protection for the Windows Essential Business Server 2008 solution;
· Web Services (Internet Information Services) – Web server providing services for Forefront Threat Management Gateway reporting.

When we did our research and spoke to our customers it became clear that there was a specific need for a layer of isolation between the outside world and the internal network.  The Security Server is designed to fulfill the edge role as part of the all up defense in depth approach across the EBS environment.  Think of the Security Server as the first port of call before passing any data into your protected network.

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