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Posted on 2006-11-28
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I have a windows service that uses the LocalAdmin account for authentication.  It generates HTTPS (SSL) requests every 24 hours to verify/validate license information.

It currently uses INTERNET_OPEN_TYPE_DIRECT for its queries:

   InternetOpen("AppName Here", INTERNET_OPEN_TYPE_DIRECT, NULL, NULL, 0);

This works fine for users with firewalls, but does not work for companies that use proxy type firewalls.

So there's really two questions that need to be answered:

1) What AccessType should be used in the InternetOpen function call so it will work with proxy firewalls?

2) Will this AccessType work for a service that runs in the background (no user context or HKEY_CURRENT_USER registry entries for proxy information).
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You should use 'INTERNET_OPEN_TYPE_PROXY', as listed in http:://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/wininet/wininet/internetopen.asp

That will/should work for any user account a service runs under except LocalSystem (given that the user in question has that proxy set - even services have a HKEY_CURRENT_USER).
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by:Tim Titus
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Sorry, I should have mentioned that this account DOES run under LocalSystem.  What needs to happen then?
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You would need to have to assign the network access privileges to that account also.
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Ok, one list question:  Will INTERNET_OPEN_TYPE_PROXY revert to INTERNET_OPEN_TYPE_DIRECT if there is no proxy configured for that user?
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In that case, you should use INTERNET_OPEN_TYPE_PRECONFIG - see http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/wininet/wininet/enabling_internet_functionality.asp ("Enabling Internet Functionality"):

INTERNET_OPEN_TYPE_PRECONFIG looks at the registry values ProxyEnable, ProxyServer, and ProxyOverride. These values are located under "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings".

If ProxyEnable is zero, the application uses INTERNET_OPEN_TYPE_DIRECT. Otherwise, the application uses INTERNET_OPEN_TYPE_PROXY and uses the ProxyServer and ProxyOverride information

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