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    WAT filtering level

    Hi

    I am trying to create a user on the WAT administration tool but i am not sure as to how the level of filtering works!!!

    I have added a user but would like this user to be able to access google, youtube, facebook etc...
    At the moment on netsweeper all these are not added on the allow list as i dont want evryone to be able to get on these sites.

    Now what level do i apply to this user for it to be able to access these sites? And how does this work once user created? Is it just a matter of login to the EMBC portal, open IE and access these sites or do i have to do anything else?

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    If you are logging into netsweeper then I guess you have local control of filtering.

    You can create a new group with a new policy that allows the websites you want then assign them this group level in WAT.

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    Hi Marvin,

    As Mark says, you can set up your groups in Netsweeper "Group 1" "Group 2" etc and assign said group to the user in WAT. - It's important to check with Synetrix that you have Portal Controlled Filtering enabled for your site otherwise even if you log in you'll get the same site wide browsing level currently applied.

    In our site, we have the following:

    Group 1 = Site Wide Level for all un-authenticated users incl. Students.
    Group 2 = Trusted Sixth Form Students (currently unused)
    Group 3 = Staff
    Group 4 = IT Support

    We will shortly be reducing our site wide level to no access as per EMBC guidelines and forcing our users to authenticate to gain the respective level.

    Hope this helps.

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    Now then, how do i add another Group to the policy? All i have at the moment is Group1@lcs.... but everytime i add a new group it doesnt show up as group2@lcs...????
    Any ideas?

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    Haven't played with this for a while but last time I tried to create a group I had to contact the helpdesk.

    I was told that there was an issue creating groups and that it had to be done through the helpdesk. Not sure if this was resolved, it was a while ago, but might be worth asking.

    Edit: Just had a go, I am still having issues creating my own groups.
    Last edited by sparkeh; 26th November 2008 at 01:38 PM. Reason: Extra info

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    Yes, it likes to take the name you give it and append @group1@nhs044 for your efforts.

    It's always been like this for as long as I can remember now, give support a ring and they'll find someone in second line to do it for you.

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    If you ask for Terry Candy he's the man!

    You can have 6 groups all mapped to the drop downs in WAT

    Group 1 is the site default which is what you get when you don't log in. The idea is that you make this block nearly everything forcing users to log in to pick up their policy.

    The only fly in the ointment is that the log in sessions appear to be limited to around 10 mins forcing users to log in 6 or 7 times in an hour long internet based lesson.

    This can be changed but i'm told it is an embc resource issue each session using valuable system resources - but i'm working on it!

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    The only fly in the ointment is that the log in sessions appear to be limited to around 10 mins forcing users to log in 6 or 7 times in an hour long internet based lesson.
    I've only had this occur if my session became inactive and I tried to then use it later on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmount View Post
    I've only had this occur if my session became inactive and I tried to then use it later on?
    Ditto. Constant internet use does not produce this for us. Doesn't sound right to me. As long as you are active you should be kept logged in.

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