active directory 2003 organizational units

Posted on 2011-03-15
Medium Priority
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?
Question by:JeffBeall
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
LVL 31

Expert Comment

by:Justin Owens
ID: 35139119
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.


Author Comment

ID: 35139194
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.

Author Comment

ID: 35139222
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?
Nothing ever in the clear!

This technical paper will help you implement VMware’s VM encryption as well as implement Veeam encryption which together will achieve the nothing ever in the clear goal. If a bad guy steals VMs, backups or traffic they get nothing.

LVL 31

Accepted Solution

Justin Owens earned 1000 total points
ID: 35139349
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.

Assisted Solution

xylog earned 1000 total points
ID: 35143812
You can set your browsers to autodetect and use WPAD -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_Proxy_Autodiscovery_Protocol 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.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 35180617
thank you

Featured Post

Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Always backup Domain, SYSVOL etc.using processes according to Microsoft Best Practices. This is meant as a disaster recovery process for small environments that did not implement backup processes and did not run a secondary domain controller that ne…
A hard and fast method for reducing Active Directory Administrators members.
Microsoft Active Directory, the widely used IT infrastructure, is known for its high risk of credential theft. The best way to test your Active Directory’s vulnerabilities to pass-the-ticket, pass-the-hash, privilege escalation, and malware attacks …
Attackers love to prey on accounts that have privileges. Reducing privileged accounts and protecting privileged accounts therefore is paramount. Users, groups, and service accounts need to be protected to help protect the entire Active Directory …
Suggested Courses

719 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question