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Can i BLOCK SPECIIC WEBSITES IN GPO FOR ALL USERS UNDER THAT POLICY

I am creating a new GPO and wondering if there is a way that i can block specific websites. I am also using privilege manager and although it seems like pretty good software I am still trying to figure it out a little better. As usual guys all the help is greatly appreciated
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MRapacz
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tigermattCommented:
This is a commonly asked question here on EE and the answer is always the same: No. Group Policy cannot be used to filter websites, except for forcing websites onto the "Restricted Sites" list in Internet Explorer, which at most stops flash videos (but does not affect Firefox or other browsers)

The only effective method of filtering websites is to use a gateway between your internal network and the Internet. The gateway should be running a proxy server and firewall software package, such as ISA Server, which you then configure, much like a GPO, so that for certain user groups you filter certain websites. All your web traffic passes out through the proxy when configured in IE and that filters everything coming in and out before allowing connections to take place.

Alternatively, if these are websites which shouldn't be accessed as it's against company policy, the best method for stopping their use is to speak to management...

-tigermatt
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Michael WorshamInfrastructure / Solutions ArchitectCommented:
Block websites using group policy
http://www.puredream.net/blogs/g/?p=5

How to restrict internet access Domain wide or for a single Site or OU with Group Policies
http://www.chrisse.se/MAQB.asp?ID=17
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Michael WorshamInfrastructure / Solutions ArchitectCommented:
As tigermatt stated, the GPO is for Internet Explorer and not other browsers like Firefox unless you have a special proxy server in place.

However, there is a free application on the market called Untangle (www.untangle.com) that can be setup to filter these sites from all browsers, etc.

Untangle Web Filter (Information):
http://www.untangle.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=68&Itemid=141
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tigermattCommented:
It may be possible to achieve this then, but it certainly isn't a recommended method of achieving the results you are expecting. Managing it in Group Policy introudces a whole load of issues, most notably the fact that if a user is an Admin on their local machine they could probably override the group policy easily.

Although it depends on the size of your environment, I would get an ISA Server if you really need this functionality.
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StuFox100Commented:
We use one of these appliances:
http://www.contentkeeper.com/
If you have the money this is really easy way to manage filtering websites.
Cheers
Stu
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