Blocking Skype and bandwidth hogging applications

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Windows Server 2003
Can we block all skype and similar bandwith sucking applications from our network?

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The best way to do it is at the firewall. Depending on what type of firewall you are using, you can either block it by port, or keyword, or by a number of other options in the specific software interface in the firewall. I use Netgear UTM’s and they have 4 or 5 different ways to block programs like Skype, MSN Messenger, AIM, Facebook, and a number of other applications.

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  • carlosdl
    Some specific component might be needed, as blocking by ports or addresses usually doesn't work as many of these applications can use different ports and/or ip addresses. The tools that are able to filter this kind of traffic or block it successfully usually do it through packet inspection.
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  • mitrum
    last time I tried open DNS for same. I configure it on my network and block chat & web chat it blocked Gtalk, Skype, MSN, P2P etc. You need to configure it in your DHCP server. for more info visit www.opendns.com
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    [...] Looking to block Skype and other bandwidth hogging applications? See what Coss, Mitrum and Carlosdl recommended to one [...]
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