Windows Server 2003 and Internet filtering

August 1, 2010 at 03:43:26
Specs: Windows XP, N/A
Hello there! I'm new here. Well this is my problem in our office we do have a small network probably 24 computers then a router then a switch all of them are connected to the internet. Now my boss wants me to set up a policy where in to block certain websites and manage access rights to some website for other users for example managers can facebook all day. I know that part is simple use an internet filtering software or do it on the router. But the problem is I have 24 computers and the people using them don't want to get disturbed in there work and I also don't want to install one application in 24 computers. Okay the router, our router is a WRT120N which only blocks 4 websites and 4 keywords. My boss gave me a lot of websites. Now I thought of adding a machine in the network which is a Server so Router > Server > Switch > PC's. In my mind theoretically if I install an internet filtering software in the server and set some rules there like computer who can and cannot access a certain site. It will reduce my work and not disturb the people in the office and I can manage to maintain in one computer sit there and watch the fireworks.

Although having a server is redundant because we already have a router for distributing internet connection in the LAN. I'm also planning to set the PC's on static so I have a good tracking of everything and a Network OS to regulate each computer bandwidth in the office and do extra stuff I want things to be really systematic or in order. This is also a learning ground for me to test the things that we haven't done in school.

What do you think guys any solution that you can offer or any idea that might come in your mind and help me with my simple problem. Sorry I'm too young to be an IT Staff and I'm just a small tree growing, you know what I mean. By the way the Network OS that I'm planning to use is Windows Server 2003.

PC Geek Suggested to use OpenDNS but unfortunately I have to set some rules inside the network that OpenDNS can't touch like some managers able to facebook all day and watch youtube kinda unfair huh?

Thank you so much guys!

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August 1, 2010 at 07:01:16
Would all machines have to use OpenDNS? Can't DNS settings be set by machine or group policy?

If that won't work, look into Sonicwall products.

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August 1, 2010 at 07:41:55
I'm going to set the OpenDNS DNS on the router. I read that if you use OpenDNS Basic you can set IP Filtering on your account if you register your IP address. But the problem is my boss told me to exempt some people on the network so they can facebook all day. Unfortunately they won't invest on another device or buy something he told me to stick on what we currently had. So in my mind I'm proposing of using a Windows 2003 Server to manage everything. Sonic is kinda for a large scale ones...

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August 1, 2010 at 16:36:02
I understood what you said that first time.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.

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