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Setting up a perimeter network

Dynamics AX 4.0

Microsoft Dynamics AX ships with the Microsoft Perimeter Network Configuration Wizard. The Wizard helps you install and configure Microsoft ISA Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 Service Pack 1 (SP1) as your perimeter network's firewall server. If you already have a network in place that includes a hardware firewall, you can add the Microsoft Perimeter Network as an addition to your current network setup, or use your existing perimeter network (referred to as a traditional perimeter network). For details about the topology of a traditional perimeter network see Active Directory user topology.

The Microsoft Perimeter Network Configuration Wizard also helps you install and configure your Microsoft Business Solutions applications, allowing them to be accessed by authenticated users outside of your perimeter network. The wizard supports the following Microsoft Business Solutions applications:

  • Microsoft Dynamics AX Enterprise Portal

  • Microsoft CRM Mobile

  • Microsoft Business Solutions Great Plains Business Portal

The Wizard guides you through the following tasks:

  • Installing ISA Server 2004 SP1 on your perimeter network.

  • Configuring three network cards in the computer running ISA Server, one for each network:

    • Internal network

    • Perimeter network

    • Internet

  • Configuring ISA Server for the Microsoft Business Solutions products you select, and testing your configuration.

The result is a secure network, with external access from the Internet available only to the specified Microsoft Business Solutions products. In the following figure, you can see a typical network configuration used with the Microsoft Perimeter Network Configuration Wizard. For details about how to use the Microsoft Perimeter Network Wizard, refer to the documentation for the wizard included on the Microsoft Dynamics AX DVD.

Configuration

The Microsoft Perimeter Network Configuration Wizard also supports other network configurations that include additional application and Microsoft Internet Information Servers (IIS), as required for some Microsoft Business Solutions applications. For example, Microsoft Business Solutions Great Plains Business Portal and A both support multiple IIS servers. Check the implementation guide for the Microsoft Business Solutions applications you want to deploy for specific network requirements. Then, make sure you have the correct number of servers for your planned network before you begin the deployment process. The wizard is designed to support additional Microsoft Business Solutions applications as they are released.

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