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  • How can I use GP's for website blocking?

    I've tried to use the solution suggested for blocking sites via the content ratings, except none of the settings are going across, I've tried google'ing and it turns out it's a bug that occurs if you're also using folder redirection.
    I need to use folder redirection for the mapping of the user's home drives, so how can I use GP's for website blocking?

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    Re: How can I use GP's for website blocking?

    (Post split from a hijacked thread so the first line makes little sense now.)
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    • #3
      Re: How can I use GP's for website blocking?

      What are you trying to do? Deny access to specific sites, with unacceptable content?
      I don't think that GPO is the right tool... This kind of settings are better handled by a proxy server...

      Sorin Solomon


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      • #4
        Re: How can I use GP's for website blocking?

        Well, I would use a proxy server, but the company insists on using a linux server for the firewall, which I don't have access to, and has to be maintained remotely by the company that controls it.

        While this is not necessarily a bad setup, it does mean its a huge effort every time I want to block a website or unblock a website.

        The reason I am trying to do this via Content control and GP, is so that I can add a site to the denied list, and internet explorer will not allow the site to load unless an admin password is entered, and it also provides a nice central location for control.
        The other disadvantage, i suppose, is that all the user has to do is use firefox...
        But still, I'm just looking for a temporary solution until I can sort out a more efficient way of blocking using the proxy server.

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        • #5
          Re: How can I use GP's for website blocking?

          One messy setup you've got there...
          To ask a user for password when surfing to a specific site it is the proxy's task. More than that, as you already pointed out, GPO act on Microsoft's components, unless you start using custom ADM files. And if someone will get another browser? Will you implement an ADM template for it too? That's an administrative overhead hard to deal with, in my opinion.
          Anyway, as far as I understand (and I am not a specialist in proxies), you can set up a proxy server in your LAN and block on the firewall all HTTP requests except from the proxy. That means, that no one will be able to browse, unless it goes through your proxy. And it is browser-independent.
          Just a thought. You should test this theory with a specialist...

          Sorin Solomon


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          • #6
            Re: How can I use GP's for website blocking?

            Hey, I would suggest you get a small PC with minimum config, even a P3 will do and try some of the free linux firewall distro. this would help you out in a better way to filter the unwanted content at the entry level.

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            • #7
              Re: How can I use GP's for website blocking?

              Here's what i do. I created an entry in my DNS server and point it to 127.0.0.1
              it never hits the firewall and you don't have to call the isp hosting the firewall.

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              • #8
                Re: How can I use GP's for website blocking?

                Well you control the content Using IE tweaking or simply by creating a new GP and Customize as per ur need. I would Suggest you to use ISA and Websense.

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                • #9
                  Re: How can I use GP's for website blocking?

                  USe DansGuardian,
                  one of the best in the market,
                  it's free , Linux based.

                  http://dansguardian.org/

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                  • #10
                    Re: How can I use GP's for website blocking?

                    That content Rating thing is nice, but i tried my self and ther is a BUG with out connection to folder redirection!
                    it applies on the LOCAL computer where u made the settings from, not from GPO at all, really strange.
                    it modify the LOCAL internet explorer settings on the computer.
                    Wish i was wrong,

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