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 Post subject: How to disable Web browsers.
PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 5:47 am 
Little Foot
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I'm currently helping a friend setup 8 PC's running Windows XP Pro for his business. He wants only 3 of the PC's to be able to browse the Internet. He wants all of them to be able to receive windows updates and Anti virus updates.

Any suggestion on how to accomplish this?

Rob


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How do the PCs currently connect to the internet?


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 5:58 am 
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He is currently using a linksys befsr 41 router for the network that will be plugged into a cable modem when the project is complete.

rob

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sorry forgot... he also has a dlink switch that the computers are plugged into and it is plugged into the router...


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You could use the IP filters function in the router (Security > filter) to block those PCs.
Unfortunately, there's no way (that I can see, in the emulator) to set a time range on it (if you could, then WU and definition updates could still run at night.) Therefore, you'd need to disable the filters nightly to allow updates.

My best suggestion is to either replace the router with one that has more configurability, or to replace the router with a Smoothwall. You'll have much more granular control over your LAN with it.

Another method would be to set a proxy address on those machines (in IE) of 127.0.0.1 (locahost), and then prevent access to IE settings via Group Policy.
Of course, this will also require that those machines normally run under a more-limited account (which they should be, anyways), that doesn't have access to GPEdit.
You also should read this Technet article for a quick overview on IE and Group Policy.

HTH


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 Post subject: Re: How to disable Web browsers.
PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:12 pm 
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If the user have limited "user" accounts then you can remove their permissions to iexplorere.exe, which is located in C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\

They could still use firefox (which doesn't require admin rights & can execute from any place) or another browser if they're smart enough to figure it out.

Parental Control software would work & you should use opendns regardless of what you decide.
http://www.opendns.com/smb/solutions
https://www.opendns.com/smb/start/device/linksys
https://www.opendns.com/smb/start/best_practices/

You can ask the pros for their advice too http://twit.tv/sn175


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