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allow certain web sites from workstation

By jmiker ·
we run a wireless router and a 15 port nortel hub
all work stations are given access to the server and are added to the dhcp address pool for internet access. my question is what are the steps that i need to take inorder to restrict workstations to only certain web sites. some of our employess are spending to much time on personal browser pages.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to allow certain web sites f ...

your router doesn not have any of this functionality built in? which model is it. what about fudging dns so internet requests only get resolved for the websites you want. what about a product like norton internet security (gak) and configure the parental filters

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thanks for your help this will help out

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by KenV In reply to allow certain web sites f ...

Try this:

1. Setup IE based proxy In local group policy editor:
a. Open 'User Configuration | Windows Settings | Internet Explorer Maintenance | Connection | Proxy Settings'
b. Check 'Enable proxy settings' and 'Use the same proxy server for all addresses'
c. Enter 127.0.0.1:80 (LocalHost) as the HTTP proxy
d. Enter exceptions in the Exceptions text box (use ; to seperate multiple entries)
e. Check 'Do not use proxy server for local (intranet) addresses'

2. Restrict access to IE settings
In local group policy editor:
a. Open 'User Configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Internet Explorer | Internet Control Panel'
b. Enable the 'Disable the Security Page' policy
c. Enable the 'Disable the Connections Page' policy

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Forgot to mention you can use wildcards for domains that would have multple address' ie *.gov.bc.ca

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by TechieRob In reply to allow certain web sites f ...

It would be handy to know what O/S the "server" is running and any legacy snap-ins it features.

Personally I use windows ISA server 2000 which you can specify (in conjunction with A-D) which websites can and cant be accessed.

If it becomes too big a job blocking all the sites that your employees visit, kindly remind them of "company policy" which says that corporate internet is for corporate use only :)

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by grie In reply to allow certain web sites f ...

You could set the proxy server to 127.0.0.1 in internet explorer and then add the websites to allow in the "do not use proxy server for these addresses" field

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this was a great fix for ea. work station

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by talukdar_m In reply to allow certain web sites f ...

Same as what KenV and grie said--use local proxy in IE settings--this can be done through group policies on your 2000/2003 server too--just add the users to a GPO which has the required settings under User Config>Windows settings>Internet Explorer maintenance
Disable access to Internet options through User Config>Windows Components/Internet Explorer/Internet Control Panel
This works nicely.
however, they can get round it by using Firefox etc--however, check this great blog for how to do the same for Firefox(not through GPO though).
http://ilias.ca/blog/2005/03/locking-mozilla-firefox-settings.html

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