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Hi there, I am running a Windows 2k based Network with active directory. No Exchange and Proxy server. I was wondering if there are alternatives to proxy server as I need to allow only certain websites during working hours and then full access during none working hours. I was thinking Wingate 2.0 but I think with that you can either have all or nothing for the setup that I am trying to achieve. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Sheldon

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You should check into iPrism. I used this when working for a school district, and you could easily allow/deny certain websites.

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  • Dpfeffer
    I have used a product from packeteer that allows me to control access to websites. It allows the flexibility to allocate/restrict bandwidth or block traffic from the layer 3 IP address al the way to the URL level.
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  • Jspainhour
    Not sure what your budget is, but we have used Watchguard firewalls (hardware appliance) for several years to accomplish something similar. Several of their models use WebBlocker filtering powered by SurfControl's category-based web blocking, and there are separate options for work-day and after-hours surfing. You can also restrict/allow certain ranges (based on internal IP address) of your network access to individual sites, certain protocols only, and so on. Also, many other options like email filtering, antivirus, antispam, etc. SurfControl itself also has several similar offerings which may be of interest. I believe some are software and I'm thinking I saw some hardware-based, as well.
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  • Petroleumman
    Hello, To accomplish all goals on your list I think your going to be best served with a hardware based firewall appliance as opposed to software. Hardware base appliances for the most part, will offer a far wider range of configuration options than software will and all in one box. Most software products are good at one or two things but none I know of offer it all. We too use Watchguard on our network and as jspainhour mentioned it gives us a lot of flexibility to how we set policies.In my opinion it is very user friendly as well. Good luck!
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