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Discussion in 'Internet, Connectivity and Communications' started by SimonV, Nov 3, 2003.

  1. SimonV

    SimonV Petabyte Poster Administrator

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    Hi all,

    As some of you already know I work for my local council as a tech and currently i'm placed in a school to improve the current setup in anything IT related. Now that nearly everything is up and running pretty well my next task is to implement a meant of regulating the internet usage.

    My question is does anyone know of a program to regulate internet access, we need features such as the abilty to blacklist sites, dictate the times internet is allowed and to who it is allowed. Track usage (ideally by user log -on so intergrated with W2K-AD).

    If any of you have any comment then please drop a post.

    Thanks in advance,
    SimonV
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  2. Phil
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    Si,

    We use Surfcontrol and it's excellent, it does everything you listed on your wish list. The only thing is the cost, it ain't cheap but you get what you pay for.
     
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    Hi Si, Hope you enjoyed your hols

    I have had a little chat with our Network Administrator, and we are using Microsofts ISA server as a proxy, you can accomplish all of the things that you mentioned in you post, including baring web sites by WORD content, works with AD too.

    I think Microsoft used to let you download a 180 day elavuation copy from there site

    http://www.microsoft.com/isaserver/evaluation/trial/default.asp
     
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  4. AJ

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    Hi SimonV

    We use a Navaho proxy server for our internet control. It integrated with AD and does all of our content filtering. You can setup groups so that, as in our case, the kids can only go to certain pages with certain content, teachers can go else where and superusers can do what they like (that's me :D ).

    It does have a built in fire wall, VPN service plus lots of other goodies. But like other have said, it ain't cheap.

    HTH

    Andrew
     
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  5. SimonV

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    Thanks Guys, I'll try take a look at these at work in the morning.
     
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    SimonV Petabyte Poster Administrator

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    Any idea of the Price, save me calling then getting bugged every day for a month.

    Si
     
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  7. AJ

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    I'll ask the boss tomorrow. I do know that Navaho do do a special school proxy server with a few added extra's.

    Be in touch

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  8. SimonV

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    Cheers Andrew :D
     
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  9. AJ

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    Right then, I've just spoken the our Network Manager and he thinks that it cost somewere in the region of £2K. We have just upgraded it to the latest version, I think that it runs on a version of linux, although as a user you use a Web based interface and the upgrade was so that we were using the latest version of the OS (does that make sence?). The upgrade was in the region of £800. We also pay a maintenance charge of around £1K. This is def worth the money as all it needs is a phone call and they deal with the problem straight away, normally remotely (never had them out on site yet).

    If you haven't already been there http://www.navaho.co.uk

    Anything else please ask

    Andrew
     
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    Thanks Andrew, saves me calling them and getting bugged. We are only in the stage of looking so that info helps me to put something together for our network manager.

    Cheers, SimonV :thumbleft
     
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  11. Nelix
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    Let us know what you decide Si
     
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  12. SimonV

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    Will do Nelix.

    Another product that has been recommended is called INTY http://www.inty.net/ anyone know anything about it?

    SimonV
     
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  13. AJ

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    Si

    Did you get to see Navaho like you said you were on NITLC message forum.

    If you do need to see it then you would be more than welcome to come over to Oundle to see it in action if you want.

    Andrew
     
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    I never got the time, Things have been WAY too busy here. I've rearanged to go down in two weeks as things look busy still to come.

    Thanks for the offer Andrew, I'm going to visit a school not far from me (about 7 miles) but if they dont know all that much about the administration of it I'll pick you up on the offer. Some schools have things fitted then leave it till it breaks down, but I want the full inside guide.

    If I need more info and the boss will give me the time off I'd love to take up your offer. Thanks.

    Si
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  15. Jakamoko
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    Andrew, can we all come ? I sense a CertForums Away Day could be in the offing ..... :P
     
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  16. AJ

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    No probs Gav, but do you think that it a bit of a trek from Scotland, I mean it ain't just round the corner. :eek:

    Andrew
     
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    Hey, come on Andrew - you've heard of us Scots' legendary ability to travel to anywhere involving a bit of fun, merriment and general mayhem.

    And if it ain't there, we bring it with us - see you shortly.

    <Taxi - Oundle, please, and don't spare the horses !>
     
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  18. AJ

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    Ah,

    Sorry Gav it's Exceat weekend (which in posh public boarding schools is a weekend off) so there's no-one there and I live nearly 30 miles away, so it'll have to be mid-week if thats OK

    Cheers

    Andrew
     
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  19. Jakamoko
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    Hey, you think I don't know that :?: I'm sitting in your Comms room right now with 30 mates - YAHOOO !!! :alc :fart :cheers2

    :P
     
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  20. AJ

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    Hey that's great. Just noticed from home that the mail server needs restarting. Can you help , I'll make the tea at break

    LOL

    Andrew
     
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