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Internet proxy to limit internet connectivity to 1 hour a day on windows domain

I am looking for a product or appliance out there to limit all users in a windows domain to 1 hour internet access per day. I do need to allow MSN messenger full access without the time constraint.  I could technically get microsoft communication server for that, but would rather avoid having to do that. We need msn to talk to different coworkers between offices.

Any help with finding the right solution would be helpful.
thanks
Lyle
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merowingerCommented:
check out surfcontrol webfilter! www.surfcontrol.com
 
Its available as plugin for isa or as a appliance! I know it and can say almost only good things about it!

To restrict internet access on specified times is a little option what webfilter is able to do!
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Alan Huseyin KayahanCommented:
      Hi Lyle
             Best is Websense. http://www.websense.com

Regards
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drtoto82Commented:
SO long as u are working on microsoft technologies , why don't you use the ISA Server ???

Make 2 rules ..
1. one for the internet browsing .
Source all  , destinnation internet , on HTTP , HTTPS , Allow , condition 1 hr that u specify eg 5 -6 pm

2. Other for msn messenger
source all , destinaton all , on msn application header or port number , allow
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EmpyrionTechnologiesAuthor Commented:
With ISA server does it allow you to allow 1 hour total access between like 8am and 5:30pm?  We have issues with people spending too much browsing on the internet and not doing work so we only want them to be able to spend 1 hour a day between the hour's of 8am and 5:30pm and once 1 hour has been used up then they are cut off to the next day...

thank you all for your suggestions. I guess I wasn't completely clear on the 1 hour time frame.

Lyle
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EmpyrionTechnologiesAuthor Commented:
One other added thing is we have two offices which are connected by a Sonicwall via VPN so whatever type of setup I configure cannot affect the VPN between the two offices, I don't care if we need two appliances or software installations in both locations.

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Alan Huseyin KayahanCommented:
         Hi Lyle
                Yes ISA is capable of what you want. But I strongly recommend Websense instead ISA. It has great features like "Company Performance Reports" which report the internet usage in categories with graphics. For example performance chart decreases when users enter online gaming, gambling sites and etc. And allow/deny specific internet activities in the time period you want. Also has the ability of blocking certain internet access when the total bandwith of is over %x (you define that). Also it has an active URL databse updated frequently, which ISA does not have.
                I suggest installing the software (either websense or ISA) at all of three locations.
                You can download free 30 day fully functional trial of websense here http://www.websense.com/global/en/

Regards
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Keith AlabasterCommented:
ISA can do what you are asking for out of the box however, it is not a 'cheap' option as it is licenced by processor, not by user. It has a multipl scheduling facility with the minimum time frame (on any one schedule) actually being one hour. ISA is likely the best firewall/application gateway on the market currently.

How many users are you looking to protect?
You make no mention of the budget you want to spend. Any ballpark figures?
Do you already have a firewall device or are you looking for an appliance/software app that can provide both firewall and proxy services?
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EmpyrionTechnologiesAuthor Commented:
The cheapest option is probably the one we would want to implement.  We don't have a set price in mind, but would probably want to keep it at no more than a couple thousand, there are about 60 users combined at both locations.  We alreadly have two SonicWall Firewall devices which provide are VPN that also have content filtering, but they do not do what we need it to do that is why I am looking for a different solution. With Websense can we have rules on a per user or per group basis? Does it work as a proxy server so we can still keep our current configuration in place?
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Keith AlabasterCommented:
Yes, websense is a proxy server but it is not a firewall (it can be used as an add-in to a firewall such as ISA). Yes, it can block allow on user/group. It can make use of Active Directory and all sorts od things to pick up group/user names from also.

Does each site have Internet acess individually with the vpn just for inter-office traffic or does the remote office access the main office to get out to the Internet?
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EmpyrionTechnologiesAuthor Commented:
Each office has its own internet connection
I know websense can allow web access during certain time frames, but can it say allow between 8am and 6pm, but the total surf time be only 1 hour so even though they are allowed access between 8am to 6pm they can only have a combined time of 1 hour if that makes sense.  I like how it integrates with Active directly, makes it easier to manage.

thanks
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Keith AlabasterCommented:
No, it is not a Kiosk style application. They operate on schedules but do not act as timers
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EmpyrionTechnologiesAuthor Commented:
Do you or anyone know anything that can act as a timer?
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Keith AlabasterCommented:
Sorry, not something I know
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EmpyrionTechnologiesAuthor Commented:
I will look a bit further, does websense work with different web browsers as well?

thanks
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Alan Huseyin KayahanCommented:
 Yes it does
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