Content filtering software for server 2003

Posted on 2010-01-08
Last Modified: 2012-08-14

One of my clients is in need for a content filtering software. They corrently run Windows 2003 Server OS and have around 30 computers in the business.

I am familiar with Barracuda web filter, but this option is too expensive for them. I am looking to implement another solution.

I know that Sonicwall has such kind of product, witch is built in to the router, is this solutions is on a yearly renewal basis? or a one time fee, where you buy the software?

Do you remommand using a software that can be installed on the server? or a hardware solution for this purpose?


Question by:eldad-y
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    SafeSquid for Windows is a good cheap option.  It could be installed on an existing windows server:

    Bluecoat proxy is another option, although it may be a bit pricy:

    The Sonicwall is a seperate hardware box that sits behind your firewall.

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    by:Ugo Mena
    Sonicwall offers two content filter services, standard and premium. both are pay as you go services. starting at $1000 per year. The license key can be purchased through the site as well as the firewall services interface tab when you are logged into the device.
    As for what solution is best for your client... I would look into what sort of hardware the server is running on, how much RAM, processes running on the server already? etc.. Do they already have a hardware/appliance firewall? maybe just another computer running one of Springy555's recommendations would work?
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    You are correct in that the sonicwall content filter is built in to their firewall.  They have a security services package that gets you several services that are yearly subscriptions.  I'm on the technical end of the sonicwall and don't know pricing.  If you're looking at replacing the firewall, then the sonicwall might be a good option.  It's also less complex as an all-in-one solution.

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    Thank you for your comment, but I am looking for a one time fee solution, on the Sonicwall there is a yearly subscription.
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    indeed the sw has a particular deployment scenario...if you canj find something free that works, then go for it!

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