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WPAD autoconfig in complex environment - How?

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WPAD autoconfig in complex environment - How? - 26.Jul.2007 5:14:13 PM   


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We are looking at implementing ISA 2006 in a distributed complex environment for outbound proxy access. Typical scenario: Three regions with six ISA servers each, in pairs, at three internet gateway sites. Think North America, South America, and Africa.

There are various branch offices in each region, which only connect throught the internet via their in-region gateways. Some machines have static IPs, others are via DHCP.

We want "auto affinity" proxy configuration, meaning IE will be smart enought to pick the closest in-region ISA proxy box for internet access. We are looking at wpad. I'm aware of DNS and DHCP configurations. Given that some machines will have static IPs, a mixture of DHS and DHCP will be needed.

Now, how does one configure WPAD for "auto affinity" in this scenario? We can't rely on DHCP options entirely, since some machines have static IPs. As I understand it ISA server will create the wpad.dat file, but how can it know what clients should connect to what proxy? I'm not understanding how the DNS wpad option can enable enough intelligence for the branch offices.
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RE: WPAD autoconfig in complex environment - How? - 27.Jul.2007 3:12:18 PM   


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Hi ITGuy85,

check out http://forums.isaserver.org/m_350016600/mpage_3/key_/tm.htm#2002050021.

BTW --- with DHCP reservations you can avoid the use of static IP configs on internal hosts.


< Message edited by spouseele -- 27.Jul.2007 3:15:26 PM >

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RE: WPAD autoconfig in complex environment - How? - 21.Aug.2007 2:15:28 PM   


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In your DNS you create cname wpad that aims at your firewall.

In the Firewall you publish port 80 and you create a file wpad.dat with the contained: 
function FindProxyForURL(url,host)
{ if(isPlainHostName(host)||
   isInNet(host,"","")) return "DIRECT";
else return "PROXY 192.168.1.X:8080; DIRECT";

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