best solution to filter Adult content Win server 2000

Posted on 2005-04-15
Last Modified: 2010-04-11
-I service a school using Win 2000 server (not Advanced server)

-There are 30 workstations.

-This school is located in the far north of ontario canada

-They used to have Satellite internet from a dish on the roof .

-Now the whole community has Internet Via satelite. The school is given internet from the community and they have a cisco cable modem which CAN be plugged into a switch or hub to share internet with the 30 workstations.

-Currently the Cisco is plugged into the 2nd lan card of the server and the internet is shared using software called ORBITNET.
I could ask the client to buy smart filter which will integrate with orbitnet, However the client also wants to controll the hours at which the workstations can accesss chat programs such as Yahoo and MSN messenger. Right now they are using an evaluation version of Chapprone which will govern the hours at which chat progams can be used.  Works great! but in order to filter web content I would have to be there 24/7 monitoring web browsing activity. then enter in the bad sites to the black list which is tedious so say the least.

- I dont know much about MS ISA server but i have heard good things.

-I would like the filtering of adult content to be automated by a list that someone else has compiled (a company).
-I would like to control the hours that people can use chat programs

I Need it to be as maintenance free as possible as there is no onsite tech and I only go to the site 4 times a year. approx

I am familiar with group policies ect. but i havent seen an opption to limit the use of MSN messenger.

Also i have not tried to us the server as a NAT and perhaps that may be a solution but I would need some help from you guys or guy or girl. :)


-I would rather not put a box between the Internet and the server at a cost of 3 grand or more bla bla bla.

Thanks in advance.
Question by:gambit777
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    can be a good start..I understand that the criteria is mainly based on Price and simplicity..However with M$ nothing is free...
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    Zonealarm pro suite offers a

    content protection scheme
    messenger control

    In the expert rules of a program you can define a time when access to the internet is possible.

    You can enforce that zonealarm is enabled on each client, if disabled no access to the internet is possible.

    There is a trial version available:

    you need:

    And here is the pricelist:

    I think you can get an educational price.


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    There are a couple of tools that I have used for web filtering which are worth a look.  The first is Websense this sits on the Internet Server and each day at a set time downloads a database of websites which are listed in categories.  You simply then choose to block the categories such as adult, violence etc.   You can set different policies for different users or groups, or apply a blanket rule to everyone.  You can also manually re-categorise certain websites if you think that they should actually be allowed/not allowed.

    Websense also reports on peoples internet activity if required.

    Have a look at

    Surf Control also offeres various options according to what you are running in your organisation.

    Good luck

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    Agree with the friends opinions here..The best option is to go for Websense (Personnal recommendation)..But its up to you to decide which one to go for considering the $ factor...
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    What my fellow colleages fail to mention is the limitation of websense and surfcontrol. You must be able to mirror a port in order for them to work. The most simple approach is to place a hub (not a switch) between the cable modem and the network switch. Than either application will work. You will need a box though. If you have a server that has memory available and some diskspace (I think either will run on an XP workstation as well) you will be all set. I have seen Websense in use and I have personally designed and implemented a surfcontrol solution and they are both very effective solutions.

    You can also ask about educational discount.

    Good luck


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