A beta of Proxy Server 2.0 is now available from the Proxy Server beta Web site at Microsoft. Microsoft is billing this new version as a firewall and "Web cache server" that provides Internet security. MS Proxy Server 2.0 acts as a gateway between your LAN and the Internet, and works with Windows NT to provide remote users with access to the Internet network. The "cache" functionality reduces network traffic, improving performance.

Proxy Server 2.0 is a major upgrade from the original version. It features Web-based management (not implemented in Beta 1), HTTP 1.1 and SOCKS support, and other features users have been asking for.

The Proxy Server 2.0 download weighs in at a reasonable 3.76 Mb. It requires Windows NT Server 4.0 with IIS 3.0 and Service Pack 3