Microsoft Deploying and Managing Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA)

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CNS 210

       Course Name: Microsoft Deploying and Managing Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA)

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommend: CNS 117 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides knowledge and skills to deploy and manage Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server in an enterprise environment. Intended for Web administrators, network administrators, and security administrators.  Course also offers information necessary to pass Microsoft Certification examination.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Install and configure Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) enterprise environment
  2. Create and test (ISA) Server
  3. Design and test ISA server as a cache server and firewall
  4. Analyze and test ISA server as a Virtual private network (VPN)
  5. Configure access policies to enable secure Internet access for client computers.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Introducing and Maintaining an ISA Server
  2. Using Caching and Using Firewalls
  3. Installing and Configuring ISA Server Clients
  4. Accessing Policies and Rules Overview
  5. Creating Policy Elements
  6. Configuring Access Polices and Rules
  7. Configuring Bandwidth Rules
  8. Using ISA Server Authentication
  9. Configuring Cache Policy and Cache Settings
  10. Design and configuring Scheduled Content Downloads
  11. Analyzing and configuring VPNs and Securing the Server
  12. Examining and configuring Perimeter Networks and Packet Filtering and IP Routing
  13. Securing the ISA Server computer.
  14. Learn and test the use of perimeter networks.
  15. Configuring packet filtering, IP routing and application filters.
  16. Configuring Web Publishing and Configuring Server Publishing
  17. Adding an H.323 Gatekeeper
  18. Planning a Monitoring and Reporting Strategy
  19. Monitoring Intrusion Detection and ISA Server Activity
  20. Analyzing ISA Server Activity by Using Reports and Monitoring Real-Time Activity
  21. Testing the ISA Server Configuration
  22. Introducing and Installing ISA Server Enterprise Edition
  23. Using Enterprise Policies and Array Policies
  24. Managing Network Connections
  25. Scaling ISA Server, Extending and Automating ISA Server Functionality

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The course will include lecture and lab. The lab experiments will reinforce ideas learned in the lecture.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • Read course materials.
  • Attend and participate in class lecture and lab.
  • Complete required assignments, exercises, quizzes, and exams.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Microsoft Corporation - Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC)
Appropriate Self-Tes

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Quizzes, examinations, completion of lab assignments and exercises.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.