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By tac323 ·
Is there a way to limit access at a workstation to the Internet? I have students in a classroom setting with full access to the internet, and I want to restict access to certian Internet sites. How is this accomplished? Thanks for your assistance.

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by dave.osborne In reply to Limiting Access to the In ...

edit the hosts file, using notepad, in the c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc dir ... the following is an example of the default hosts file

# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

127.0.0.1 localhost


To find the IP for each site, run a command window and ping the URL which will give you the IP address.

Then add thesites to the hosts file ... like for yahoo add

66.218.71.90 www.yahoo.com

Or for msn then

207.68.172.234 www.msn.com

And so on.

Hope this helps

-Dave

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by JustAnAdmin In reply to Limiting Access to the In ...

Most commonly, this is done by the use of a proxy server that the workstations would use to access the Internet. You can then set up various rules/filters on the proxy server to deny access to certain sites.

Depending on a budget level, there aresolutions like Websense that can be extremely useful and do most of the work for you. You may want to take a look at http://www.websense.com

Good luck!

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by tac323 In reply to Limiting Access to the In ...

Thaks for the recommendation. I'm evaluating it now.

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by Sue T In reply to Limiting Access to the In ...

If you are want to deny access to only certain web sites you can also use Internet Options, Content, Settings and either disallow or allow a website. This is not perfect but it is a start if you don't have a proxy server or it allows a site you don't like.

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