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    Proxy switch "proxy on" & " proxy off" software / reg edit

    Does any one know of a free piece of software to do this ? i have been through google and have not found anything suitable.

    What i want to do is have on icon were staff can click and run a program on there laptops that will, in school use the proxy in internet explorer and at home will turn it off.

    I know they can do this in the settings but, well, how do I put it.........erm ......it is a bit complicated for them.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Cheers Gav

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    Re: Proxy switch "proxy on" & " proxy off" software

    I think someone posted something like this a while ago on a laptop thread.

    It's doable in VBScript (create separate on/off shortcuts to it and using parameters for control) or an AutoIT with a basic GUI.

    Edit: here's one I made earlier 8)

    Code:
    Set WSHSHell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    Dim Key,Phoenix,Redlist,ProxyServer,Args,Num,UseProxy
    
    Key = "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\"
    Phoenix = "10.0.0.1:8080"
    Redlist = "redlist.server.pavilion.net:1669"
    
    ProxyServer = Phoenix
    
    
    Set Args = WScript.Arguments
    Num = Args.Count
    
    
    If Num = 0 Then
       MsgBox "Usage: [CScript | WScript] proxy.vbs <On|Off> <server:port> <Yes|No>" & vbCrLf & vbCrLf & "On|Off" & vbTab & vbTab & "-- Toggle access via proxy." & vbCrLf & "server:port" & vbTab & "-- Proxy server & port combo" & vbCrLf & "Yes|No" & vbTab & vbTab & "-- Confirmation of on or off message" & vbCrlf & vbCrLf & "i.e. 'proxy.vbs On 10.0.0.1:8080 Yes' to use proxy and display confirmation ", vbInformation, "Proxy"
       WScript.Quit 1
    End If
    
    
    For i = 0 to Num-1
    
    	Cmd = Args.Item(i)
    
    	Select Case Cmd
    	
    		Case "On":
       	UseProxy = TRUE
    		
    		Case "Off":
    		UseProxy = FALSE
    
    		Case "Yes":
    		Confirm = TRUE
    		
    		Case "No":
    		Confirm = FALSE
    		
    		Case Else:
    		ProxyServer = Cmd
    
    	End Select 
    
    Next
    
    
    If UseProxy = TRUE Then
    
    	WshShell.RegWrite key & "ProxyEnable", 1, "REG_DWORD"
    	WshShell.RegWrite key & "ProxyServer", ProxyServer, "REG_SZ"
    	ConfirmText = "Internet access via proxy is enabled through:" & vbCrLf & vbCrLf & ProxyServer
    	ConfirmIcon = vbInformation
    	ConfirmCapt = "Proxy ON"
    	
    ElseIf UseProxy = FALSE Then
    
    	WshShell.RegWrite key & "ProxyEnable", 0, "REG_DWORD"
    	ConfirmText = "Internet access via proxy is turned *OFF*"
    	ConfirmIcon = vbCritical
    	ConfirmCapt = "Proxy OFF"
    	
    End If
    
    
    If Confirm = TRUE Then
    
    	MsgBox ConfirmText, ConfirmIcon, ConfirmCapt
    	
    End If

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    Re: Proxy switch "proxy on" & " proxy off" software

    I was looking at this a while ago and eventually came up with an easier solution. I've set the "Automatic Proxy Configuration URL" (in Firefox) and "Use Automatic Configuration Script" (in IE) to a script on our internal webserver, when in school the script can be found and the proxy is used, when not in school it can't and so is ignored.

    Code:
    function FindProxyForURL (url, host) {
      if ( host.match("intranet1|intranet2|intranet3).your.local.domain") || dnsDomainLevels(host) == 0 ) {
        return "DIRECT";
      } else {
        return "PROXY your.proxy.server:port; DIRECT";
      }
    }

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    Re: Proxy switch "proxy on" & " proxy off" software

    I was using ProxyPal which provided a toolbar button in IE, but found that if staff forgot to turn the proxy off before going home IE would hang for ages trying to access the proxy and the additional toolbar buttons do not show up until the first successful page load - so loads of complaints about 'You broke my internet at home!" etc despite explaining how to use it...

    This is much better -

    http://www.proxychanger.com/

    Nice little system tray icon, simple UI, all you'll have to do is add your proxy and show them how to turn it on and off

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    Re: Proxy switch "proxy on" & " proxy off" software

    MVP site regarding proxy changing

    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/proxych.htm

    The tool from the above site afaik

    http://www.allscoop.com/dotnet-softw...xy-changer.php

    Another proxy changer that seems pretty good.

    http://www.codeplex.com/AdvancedProxyManager

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    Re: Proxy switch "proxy on" & " proxy off" software

    Here is a VB script I use to enable / disable the proxy on staff laptops

    Code:
    Const HKEY_CURRENT_USER = &H80000001
    
    intmsg = msgbox("CHANGE PROXY SETTINGS" & chr(13) & "ARE YOU AT HOME?",vbYesNo+vbQuestion,"WHERE ARE YOU?")
    
    if intmsg = vbyes then dwvalue = 0 else dwvalue = 1
    
    strComputer = "."
    Set objRegistry = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\default:StdRegProv")
     
    strKeyPath = "SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings"
    
    strValueName = "ProxyEnable"
    objRegistry.SetDWORDValue HKEY_CURRENT_USER, strKeyPath, strValueName, dwValue
    
    msgtxt = "THE PROXY SERVER HAS BEEN "
    if dwvalue = 0 then msgtxt = msgtxt & "DISABLED"
    if dwvalue = 1 then msgtxt = msgtxt & "ENABLED"
    
    intmsg = msgbox(msgtxt,vbOKOnly+vbInfo,"Done")
    Give a couple of popup messages too.

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    Re: Proxy switch "proxy on" & " proxy off" software

    with the advanced proxy changer that I posted above it takes effect with currenty open IE windows as well, so no need to close down and re open

    Proxy Changer is the same from what I have seen as well, both free too

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    Re: Proxy switch "proxy on" & " proxy off" software

    Thank you everyone.

    so which method is the best ?

    This will give me somthing to do this afternoon

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    Re: Proxy switch "proxy on" & " proxy off" software

    Quote Originally Posted by GavRob
    Thank you everyone.

    so which method is the best ?

    This will give me somthing to do this afternoon
    Try them out and post back and let us know which you think is best

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    Re: Proxy switch "proxy on" & " proxy off" software

    Have had a play and "advanced proxy manager" gets my vote, does exactly what i want and is easy to use

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    Re: Proxy switch "proxy on" & " proxy off" software

    do you know what version of dot net it needs to run smoothly, cos when I use it , It sometimes crashes out :-S

    Ive already installed dot net 1.1 so am gonna try 2.0. Am guessing its 2.0

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    Re: Proxy switch "proxy on" & " proxy off" software

    ops:

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    Re: Proxy switch "proxy on" & " proxy off" software

    Just FYI, you can use a *local* proxy.pac which changes the proxy depending on the local domain/IP etc.

    Having said that I never got mine past "experimental" so YMMV.

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    Re: Proxy switch "proxy on" & " proxy off" software

    I use a very similar setting as Irazmus.

    A proxy.pac file, stored on the school site. Teachers laptops point at this file in "Use Automatic Configuration Script". If their IP is on our range then they go through our proxy. If not they have direct access to the net.

    Works a treat for all those who want to use their laptops for internet at home.

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