Windows 2000 Server - Proxy server - General Information

Hi Experts,

We have a site in Poland that we wish to add to our domain.  The polish site has a 1mb ADSL connection that has secure VPN connections to our other sites including Germany.  It is envisaged that the Poland site will joing the German domain to enable central administration of user accounts, e-mail, etc.

At the German site we have the router and firewall that is connected to a hub with an internet filter server (Surf Control) that sniffs the packets and allows internet access based on user restrictions.

If I forward all internet requests through to the german site the requests are forwarded through the VPN then directly out to the internet thus bypassing this filter machine.  What I need to do is filter this traffic to ensure user adhere to the internet policy.

One option I have is to disable internet access using the firewall in Poland and setup a proxy server here in Germnay, thus forwarding all requests through this proxy server.  (Probably the surf control server itself).  Herin lies my problem and question...

I have no knowledge whatsoever regarding proxy servers.  Do I need to install additional software on this windows 2000 server to enable it to be used as a proxy?  Is there a free option?  Basically all I need is to forward internet requests through the german LAN so that they are picked up and acted upon by the surf control software.  Or course I want to achieve this with the least amount of cost both support wise and more importantly monitory.

Incase of multiple answers to this question points will be awarded to those that give in depth information and configuration steps.  I hope I have made some kind of sense..

Many thanks for reading.

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Hi GlenmoranUK,
Well, I need to leave in a little while so I cannot get very indepth but perhaps someone else can. The way I see you have 2 good options, one is to use Proxy Server 2.0 (Microsoft), which is discontinued but can fit your task and the second is to move the ISA Server 2000. With ISA you can migrate away from Surf Control and it does everythingand more as it does plus full integration with your Active Directory. Its something to look into.


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GlenmoranUKAuthor Commented:
Just to close the question off...  

Thanks for your response..

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