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How to restrict users to browsing only a few websites?

Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Hello all,

I have a small lab and would like to restrict the websites that the students go to. I have a list of 10 websites that have been approved and I would like the students to be able to visit only those 10 sites. Any external links from those websites should ofcourse be blocked.

I am trying to do that through Group Policies, but I'm not progressing as fast as I thought I would. Hosts file has also been equally unsuccessful. The students are a lot smarter today.

I dont want to restrict all my users, some of whom are faculty, so I don't want to do this on a network level (firewall and the like).

Thank you for all your help.
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I appreciate your advise, but I'm not looking to purchase software to do the task. I am hoping to find a solution intrinsic to the Windows environment. Thank you.


I've implemented a GP that would set a bogus proxy server for the students. I've also set up the exceptions that they're allowed to go to.

After a gpupdate, they're still able to access everything. It's IE, not firefox.



increasing the points on this

Well im not sure how to go about it without software... i guess you could have a GPO for students to redirect to a different proxy and a GPO to redirect teacher to another proxy both having different internet access..Im a newbie when it comes to proxies...


I've done the proxy bit, but it doesn't seem to work. I can't do the hosts file as wildcards are not permitted.

I've also gone the GPO-IPSec way and have filters on for blocking internet access, allowing only certain sites browsing, and granting full intranet browsing. Forcing the gpupdates also did not work. The GP is attached to the right OU, and it is enforced. Waiting for 48 hours also did not work.

Please help.


Anyone ??

mate im lost on this one... you might want to drop a pointer on another TA and see if they can help but i ran out of ideas..

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