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Just wondered if any SW gurus (hi Tom) had an answer to this - we've started used the "Temporary ...
3rd December 2009, 04:31 PM #1
Smoothwall temporary bans
Just wondered if any SW gurus (hi Tom) had an answer to this - we've started used the "Temporary Ban User" feature - which is nice....but...is there an easy way to simulate this feature to force a user to a "Whitelist" so they can get to our internally hosted VLE, but not to any external sites?
Just would be really useful to be able to say a user is banned, except for Moodle, SAM Learning or whatever.
Look forward to any suggestions.
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3rd December 2009, 04:38 PM #2
Just a thought, but if it's internally hosted, couldn't you add it to the proxy bypass list?
3rd December 2009, 05:01 PM #3
If it's an internal site add it to the bypass proxy for local addresses list?
3rd December 2009, 05:31 PM #4
Guardian > Authentication > Settings, set the "Banned Users" group to "Yes (filtered)" rather than "no". They'll then be able to browse the web.
Now create a policy that says "Banned Users - Everything - Always - Block" then a new custom filter with a custom category for the list of sites they need to get to, then apply it to them with an "Allow".
...if aforementioned solutions don't work out for you that is
3 Thanks to rob_f:
mrtechsystems (3rd December 2009), plexer (3rd December 2009), SpuffMonkey (4th December 2009)
3rd December 2009, 05:34 PM #5
So that means are banned users will only be able to access whitelisted sites in our new custom category?
3rd December 2009, 05:37 PM #6
Sure does ! Them being set as "no" on that authentication page is the only bit that actually makes them banned as such, you can just fiddle it round so that they get a specific policy.
Really temporary bans is just temporarily making a user a member of a specific group.
4th December 2009, 12:29 PM #7
Cheers Rob - I'll give that a go. Strangely though - we noticed yesterday (by accident) that the Barred users COULD access the BBC site - but no others??? I'll have a go at configuring it up the way you suggest and give things a test.
4th December 2009, 03:46 PM #8
Thats working lovely now - and sorted the BBC thing too - it was entered as a non authenticated site (because of previous problems with iPlayer I think) - so deleted it there as the Flash version seemed to work fine now - so many thanks for all the help - and this "naughty pupil" whitelist is a bonus.
4th December 2009, 04:49 PM #9
Pretty sure I recognise that process from the good old days of I-Gear when it was produced by URLabs ... I knew there was a reason I liked Smoothwall! Bringing back all the stuff Symantec destroyed!
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