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    Schoolguardian - updates

    There were quite a few updates today for schoolguardian but not the dual proxy feature I was hoping for, is this coming out soon or have I just missed the feature and its hidden somewhere?

    main : Update 18

    • New - Improved concurrency handling when running multiple database scrapers
    • New - Improved database performance and resilience
    • Ref 1144 - failback mode has been made more robust
    • Ref 1145 - an issue with log rotation on slave machines has been resolved
    • Ref 1300 - an issue with portal log rotation has been resolved
    • Ref 1307 - memory resource management when restoring database backups has been improved
    • Ref 1343 and 1344 - potential issues with updates to the meta table during database transactions have been resolved
    • Ref 1362 - global HTTPD directories are no longer listable
    • Ref 1375 - an issue when blocking a network range of destination IPs has been resolved
    • Ref 1393 - a compatibility issue between the SmoothWall-SSL-OpenVPN client and Windows 7 has been resolved
    • Ref 1434 - traffic graph images are now included in emailed reports
    • Ref 1476 - new option "Retain Database logs" available on the information > logs > log settings page enables better troubleshooting
    • Ref 1477 - unnecessary messages are no longer displayed on the console when restarting the database
    • Ref 1533 - a page display issue in Internet Explorer 8 has been resolved
    • Ref 1613 - advanced warning of high disk usage has been added to the UI
    • Ref 1719 - a data issue, after restoring a database, has been resolved
    • Ref 1721 - the information message displayed when restoring a database has been improved
    • Ref 1723 - the progress bar displayed when restoring a database has been improved
    • Ref 1801 - an issue with exceptionally long URLs has been resolved
    Released: Tue May 4 09:25:00 2010

    main : Update 19


    This update includes, addresses or resolves the following:
    • Ref 1878 - reduce the use of fallback mode when importing log lines
    Released: Tue May 4 09:25:00 2010


    guardian : Update 21 This update includes, addresses or resolves the following:
    • Ref 1878 - reduce the use of fallback mode when importing log lines
    • Ref 1945 - an issue relating to log import and long URLs has been resolved
    Released: Tue May 4 09:25:00 2010

    guardian : Update 20 This update includes, addresses or resolves the following:
    • Ref 464 - an issue when validating custom-added domains has been resolved
    • Ref 1136 - HTTPS interception security has been enhanced
    • Ref 1196 - information now displayed for invalid HTTPS interception certificates is more useful
    • Ref 1236 - regular expressions used in queries have been improved
    • Ref 1319 - an issue with the Time Spent Browsing report has been resolved
    • Ref 1330 - database insertions have been improved
    • Ref 1419 - an issue with search term reporting has been resolved
    • Ref 1435 - an issue with characters in database queries has been resolved
    • Ref 1436 - blocking ads in Flash videos has been improved
    • Ref 1486 - an issue with NTLM authentication and logged-in users has been resolved
    • Ref 1490 - the maximum content filter size has been increased to 1.5Mb
    • Ref 1513 - an intermittent error when inserting search terms in the database has been resolved
    Released: Mon May 3 09:25:00 201

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    This was the update "blocking" that release, which will be to a "select few" on monday. Since you asked, you can be part of that especially as you are nearby (we like to start releases with those geographically close to to one of our 3 offices).

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    what is the dual proxy feature?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    This was the update "blocking" that release, which will be to a "select few" on monday. Since you asked, you can be part of that especially as you are nearby (we like to start releases with those geographically close to to one of our 3 offices).
    Cool, how do I get it, do I need to sign my life away in blood or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    what is the dual proxy feature?
    Its supposed to be where you can point clients to different proxy ports so they authenticate differently, I am hoping I can keep all the domain machines using the NTLM crap and allow non domain machines to use the SSL page.

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    @sim - you should find it in your update list ~monday, assuming my missive got through to the test folks.

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    So when do we get the new Auth then? Or is it still "soon"

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    Stuart - I'm assured wave1 will be out monday. How rapidly wave2 and 3 get released depends on uptake in the first cohort, and sucessful migrations.

    Mid to late next-week I should hope to be in a position to offer it to people in real need of the functionality, presuming wave1 went ok.

    I do apologise for the repeated delays in Auth3 - the sales folk are pritty irritated with me Some of these delays are natural slippage, but about 3 weeks was because we rearranged another project unexpectedly.

    This project was the integration of a new anti-malware engine, which should boost your protection against all sorts of nasty web exploits: SmoothWall Steps Up Malware Protection with Sunbelt Software's VIPRE - VIPRE includes windows executable and javascript emulation to protect against 0-days, and will be out in June/July.

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    I'm waiting to find out if we are gonna renew
    Complicated here cos we are due to mvoe to RM in September a la BSF, but allegedly we can kep our own network!
    So need to sort out what licences we need to renew

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    Stuart - I'm assured wave1 will be out monday. How rapidly wave2 and 3 get released depends on uptake in the first cohort, and sucessful migrations.

    Mid to late next-week I should hope to be in a position to offer it to people in real need of the functionality, presuming wave1 went ok.
    Cheers. I've just put all the latest updates on and it seems OK.
    I think I've just wokred put how to blag the NTLM ident for two domains (lucklly domain 2 is only about 20 users) but I'm hoping the new Auth3 will do it better. Might hold of making any changes until next week then if the updates are that close.
    Last edited by Stuart_C; 6th May 2010 at 09:42 AM.

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    @Gatt - the more people moaning at RM that they want to keep their smoothies the better... we are trying to befriend 'em

    @Stuart - ooh, do tell about your cunning blag, I always like those.

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    Looks like we *might* bee keeping our smoothie box - woohoo!
    (Its provisionally added to our budget!)

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    Now, where's my "happy dance" smiley?

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    It's not that cunning....
    Smoothie looks at my Accademic domian (500+ users) but obviously can't look at my Admin domain (20ish users) . Basically as I'm only using NTLM Ident all I need to do is create some user account in my Accademic domain with the same name as the Admin domian users. Put them in a domain group and then map it to a new smoothie group. This does seem to work for my test user. The downside is that I can't use NTLM Auth as the passwords don't match.

    I could easilly script the whole user creation process using DSADD.exe but as you say we might be getting the new auth in the next two weeks I'm tempted not to bother and see what options i have with that when it's released.

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    Could someone describe what Auth3 is?
    We had issues with NTLM and moved to forcing teachers to log in via the SSL portal - which didn't go down well.
    Having a new Auth method available which didn't require a manual user authentication step (as long as it worked without issues like experienced with NTLM) would be fantastic.

    PS - I have had a conversation with RM about content filtering for our new school project, and was actually told they were in discussions with Smoothwall with a view to offering that as an alternative to Smartcache!

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