active directory 2003 organizational units

Posted on 2011-03-15
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
i have an active directory domain - with windows 2003 servers. i have a few organizational units with different group policies. now i need to have everyone go through my squid proxy server. i want the laptop users to use the proxy in the domain, but not when they are traveling. is there a way to do this?
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by:Justin Owens
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Not really.  You can set a top level GPO to set your proxy server for all your OUs easily enough.  What you CAN do is have your laptops in a different OU and not enforce it there, that way they can change the setting manually.  When the come back to the office, it will revert (GPO Allies again), but when they leave, they can change it to none.  That is how we accomplish it at my current location.


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i'm not concerned with getting the policy out to everyone - i'm more concerned with laptop users not going through the proxy outside the domain.

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i just had a thought - i could have an OU for laptops that doesn't have the proxy policy - then through their login script - make it so they use the proxy.
only problem is i don't know how to script. the current login "script" is a simple batch file that sets up the network shares.
would this be possible?
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Yes, but to make it transparent to the end user, you would also need a log off script to turn the proxy back off.  Batch itself cannot do it, but it can import registry settings which can:

This Question details how to accomplish through Batch registry manipulation.

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You can set your browsers to autodetect and use WPAD -> Either using a DNS entry called wpad or a DHCP option. When off the network they will not resolve the DNS entry or have the DHCP setting so they will autodetect the lack of a proxy and directly access the net. WPAD is supported in Firefox also.

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thank you

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