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By dennisbv ·
I would like to know If you can restrict a Win 95 or 98 computer to one Web site. We have a company Web site we need our Mechanics to access but I want to know if I can stop them from Surfing instaed of working. Because of the way our network was setup I am not able to use one of the filtering software. All our users connect to a switch then if they have the router IP in there Gateway they can access the internet. Any sugestions would be appreciated.
Dennis

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Controlling Web Access

Hi,

Unless you can add and configure a proxy server or possibly a firewall into your network between the client machine(s) and the net - in a locked room... then there is no way you can stop them because they can always undo what you do on the client if they've enough time and are smart enough.

BUT... you can make it hard for them...

One option would be to create a configuration script using IEAK that...

1. Sets the homepage to be the site you want.
2. Filters out all other domainsby setting them all as restricted sites.
3. Disables changing and preferably viewing of the homepage, configuration script settings and as much other stuff as you can! (The IEAK allows for a lot of configuration on what they can and cant see and change!)
4. Hide the script as an unlikely named - (system sounding name), hidden file in say the system32 folder.

Then, if there are other sites you want to allow them into, simply set up the restricted area appropriately in the configuration file.

Here are a few URLs you may find useful...
(remove any spaces from them)

IEAK Automatic Configuration
http://www.winntmag.com/Articles/Index.cfm?ArticleID=7069

...and if you have problems...

Troubleshooting Automatic Browser Configuration Problems (Q192472
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q192472

Hope this helps,
Cheers,
Tim.

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Controlling Web Access

Oh, I guess I should have actually given you a bit of an overview as this probably doesn't make too much sense...

If you look at "Internet Options" (Get to this either as properties of the IE icon on the desktop or choose it off the tools menu inIE) then choose Connections, then LAN settings... you'll see a spot for a configuration script.

Thats what you create with the IEAK (Internet Explorer Administration Kit). This configures amongst other thing pretty much everything you see on those properties tabs and other stuff about IE too.

Most people use this to make bulk changes to many many browsers across their organisation in one hit. You'll be using it to lock down specific attributes in just a few.

Good luck,
Tim.

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by dennisbv In reply to Controlling Web Access

After I had posted the question I found info on IEAK and decided that would be our best answer. I knew I could count on Techrepublic members to come through

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by brian In reply to Controlling Web Access

An easy solution might be to use the content advisor that is in IE. If you go to Internet Options and the Content tab you can set always available and never available sites. Set www.* as never and they wont be able to use any www sites. The home page will still load though. So make your site the Home page. If they need to be able to fmove around then make www.yourdomain.com/* an always available site.

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