How to restrict user internet access time to a dedicated amount of time

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Hi friends We have about 30 clients networked and working in a Workgroup. They use files shared on a Server (running Win Server 2008 ). they should access the shared files 24/7 . Also users connect to internet as they turn on their pcs(without any additional VPN connections or something like that). They connect to an Linksys ADSL Router, either via Wi-Fi adapter or using a usual cable adapter. (File Sharing Server is using the ADSL router to connect to internet too) Now we want to restrict access of some of users to a dedicated amount of time in month or week.(for example 14hours/week) how can we get this done ? should we create VPN connections ? If Yes what are procedures ? should we change the network type to a Domain ? if yes what are other steps ? By the way , it's okay for us to use other roles of the File Sharing Server (described latter in this text). any ideas and assistance is appreciated.

Software/Hardware used:
Windows Server 2008 - WIndows 7- Windows XP SP3-Linksys ADSL Router

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Many routers have the ability to limit internet acces to a certain time slot based on the IP address of the machine (You may have to switch from DHCP to Static addressing to make this work) A friend of mine uses a Linksys router to shut off the internet to his kid’s systems at 10:00pm (what a mean Dad…) while his system has 24/7 access.

Note: his kids quickly figured out how to change the IP address of their machine and bypass this, changing them to regular users solved that problem…

Hope that helps
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  • EdiAdmin
    dear flame It's not about restricting user internet access to some hours of a day , it's about restricting their access in a weekly or monthly manner ( e.g : 15 hours a week or 50 hours a month), and let them use all of their credit in a day ! I think this will be possible by establishing VPN connections and using RADIUS server , but how should I use the RADIUS server in Windows server 2008 ? ( this is the question) so many thanks for your attention :) ~Eddi
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