Recommendations for DIY based Proxy Solution
We have quite a small network max 200 workstations and our OLD Proxy box is in pensionable status.
Has anyone gone down this DIY route and what combination did they use. I could go down the MS route (i.e. Microsoft ISA Server with some sort of proxy/filter plugin). Hardware Costs, Renewal Costs and Support costs are the biggest limiting factor while trying to achieve a reliable and easy to administer solution.
I thinking of setting up a DIY Linux based Proxy solution as only the most simple proxy filtering is required. Have had experience of setting up/administering BLOXX and Sophos filter boxes in previous employments.
The Requirements are:
Basic Content filtering (i.e. DansGuardian)
Simple to use/setup/administer/backup/GUI interface
Authenticates to Active Directory - for security group based filtering
Blacklists, Whitelists, banned words
I've spent a few days playing with Ubuntu/Squid/DansGuardian on a Virtual Server and managed to get a working system at home (thanks to YouTube) without the AD authentication and will be testing the solution massively before implementation and run the two systems side by side till happy, and take a deep breath before full deployment :-?
I am more than happy to research and read books if pointed in the right direction, my linux skills are rather limited at the moment but more than happy to learn, am picking a few commands up at the moment :-).
Big Thanks in anticipation of any reply.