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    Hello Petri gurus!

    I am the IT Manager of a small school, and I've run across an interesting problem. We use SonicWall for internet filtering and for the most part it works perfectly. However, I've noticed on thing I cannot block: A Google Image search. And we don't want to fully block it anyway. Here's the scenario! We're K-8 and about 600 kids. They all log on to the domain as predefined users. What I mean is that the 60 kids in 8th grade all log on to the domain as "grade8". All 60 7th graders log on as "grade7" and so on...

    I have roughly 300 PCs. If you go to google.com and search for, let's say, Jenna Jameson, you will get pictures of this naughty little minx... BUT you won't get anything particularly pornographic. Dirty, yes, but not pornographic... However, if the searcher turns "SafeSearch" OFF, then all Hell breaks loose. And as far as I know, there is no way to prevent the kids from changing SafeSearch settings on a global, domain scale... I'd have to change the setting on every user profile on every PC and that is just not feasible. Furthermore, unless there's a Google account in question, I can't lock the change in setting anyway...

    So I started researching a solution and came across this: http://www.safesearchkids.com/

    Unless someone knows of a better way, I think this is my solution. BUT there has got to be a better way than to simply tell our kids, "Don't search from Google anymore, but rather go there." C'mon, we all know they're not going to listen, and there's no way our teachers can police it all...

    So I thought of a GPO. Here's my question... Can I create a GPO that affects the users of my choice (or a group or OU if I create one) and says that if that user is logged in and goes to google.com they are automatically redirected to http://www.safesearchkids.com/ instead? Basically meaning that they now CAN'T perform a search from google.com itself... How can I do that via GP? I'd like to restrict this only to students, not staff (gotta have faith that staff won't do this sort of thing, but if they do, we'll nail 'em for it).

    Make sense? I hope I'm explaining this well. Thanks in advance for your help!

    Best,

    Chris

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    Re: Google Image search redirect via GPO?

    Oh... FYI, my Active Directory domain controller is Server 2008 R2.

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    • #3
      Re: Google Image search redirect via GPO?

      Don't think you can do that with Group Policy. What you can do is enforce the use of your proxy server, if you have one (you would need one to do something like this *).

      * you may be able to redirect images.google.com to this address using some form of tweak, but I wouldn't recommend it.
      Gareth Howells

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      • #4
        Re: Google Image search redirect via GPO?

        You can place *.google.com in your own DNS server, an the put the ip addresses of safesurfkids into it. But I doubt that is a flawless solution.

        Can't you ask Sonicwall for a solution?
        gerth

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          Re: Google Image search redirect via GPO?

          Hi fellas,

          Good info, thanks!

          Gerth, I could do that, but can see a whole lotta trouble there... I'm sure I could ask SonicWall, at least in their forums. Trouble is, I'm not the admin to these boxes. They were installed by a consultant hired not by me, but by my non-technical boss. And I have no admin access to them.

          But I can ask the consultant and run it all by him. In the meantime, I'll poke around SonicWall's forums.

          Thanks!

          Chris

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          • #6
            Re: Google Image search redirect via GPO?

            You can't do this using DNS alone, by making images.google.com an alias for the relevant IP address.

            Ping www.safesearchkids.com and browse to that IP address in your browser - you'll see you don't get to the website. A webserver can host multiple websites and thus the URL you use to access the webserver is just as important as the IP address that URL points to, since it's the URL that tells the server which site you're trying to get to.

            As for the SonicWall device, I appreciate that they were installed by a consultant, but do you own the devices or just lease them from him? Whichever is the case, I think you should ask for the admin passwords for them. I consider it unprofessional and anti-competitive to hold a customer to ransom by refusing them administrative access to key pieces of their infrastructure.
            Gareth Howells

            BSc (Hons), MBCS, MCP, MCDST, ICCE

            Any advice is given in good faith and without warranty.

            Please give reputation points if somebody has helped you.

            "For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the Earth." (Exodus 9:15) - I could kill you with my thumb.

            "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you." (Genesis 9:3) - For every animal you don't eat, I'm going to eat three.

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            • #7
              Re: Google Image search redirect via GPO?

              Hi Gareth,

              Good stuff. We own the SonicWall devices. As far as being held hostage, I couldn't agree more. And I'd be up in arms if I hired a consultant who installed ANYTHING and didn't give me admin access.

              But he's not the problem. My boss is the one who doesn't want me to have access. Epic stupidity, I know. Don't ask... That's my cross to bear.

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              • #8
                Re: Google Image search redirect via GPO?

                So you can't be trusted to administer the company's IT systems? Shouldn't you therefore be fired or transferred to a new job?

                I propose you confiscate your boss' car keys. He can't be trusted to drive a big heavy metal box with sharp corners.

                Is it your boss asking you to fix the image search problem?
                Gareth Howells

                BSc (Hons), MBCS, MCP, MCDST, ICCE

                Any advice is given in good faith and without warranty.

                Please give reputation points if somebody has helped you.

                "For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the Earth." (Exodus 9:15) - I could kill you with my thumb.

                "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you." (Genesis 9:3) - For every animal you don't eat, I'm going to eat three.

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                • #9
                  Re: Google Image search redirect via GPO?

                  Originally posted by gforceindustries View Post
                  So you can't be trusted to administer the company's IT systems?
                  Evidently not.
                  Originally posted by gforceindustries View Post
                  Shouldn't you therefore be fired or transferred to a new job?
                  Evidently.
                  Originally posted by gforceindustries View Post
                  I propose you confiscate your boss' car keys. He can't be trusted to drive a big heavy metal box with sharp corners.
                  You are correct, sir. Except that his new Mercedes is too sleek and curvy; no sharp corners.

                  Originally posted by gforceindustries View Post
                  Is it your boss asking you to fix the image search problem?
                  No. Call it professional pride and a desire to hide porn from 6 year-olds. Maybe I'm crazy!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Google Image search redirect via GPO?

                    6 year olds have to learn sooner or later. And it's better than feeding them some story about birds and bees. Aside from the complex mechanics introduced by the size difference, what happens when the bird gets stung and the bee dies?

                    I agree with you, this is something that needs to be done before something happens. Just make sure you've stated this to your boss in writing (eg by email) rather than just verbally, as unfortunately I've seen more than one occasion where an IT worker has lost their job because of an incident they had warned of before but were ignored.
                    Gareth Howells

                    BSc (Hons), MBCS, MCP, MCDST, ICCE

                    Any advice is given in good faith and without warranty.

                    Please give reputation points if somebody has helped you.

                    "For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the Earth." (Exodus 9:15) - I could kill you with my thumb.

                    "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you." (Genesis 9:3) - For every animal you don't eat, I'm going to eat three.

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