alternative browser to IE on a Terminal Server - Firefox

We have an old Windows 2000 Terminal Server which is not about to be upgraded for a while.  We are running into issues with the old IE on it - which can't be upgraded - working with certain Web sites. We don't want to install another browser at this point. What we want is to use something like Firefox or whatever works as a browser to create links to the sites that can't be reached but that's it - they can't use it for any other sites. So for example the user would see a link that says - www.ie-inaccessiblesite1.com. They click on it and go to that site but that's it - they can't browse any more sites, can't really run the full version of the browser.

How, if possible, could we do this? We are indifferent as to the browser - Firefox, Chrome, etc.


lineonecorpAsked:
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DeviliXCommented:
The add-on open kiosk tfor firefox https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/open-kiosk/ should do just that
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lineonecorpAuthor Commented:
Thanks. A couple of issues:

The link didn't seem to work.

I did, however, Google for it and it doesn't address what I want - it seems to restrict people in Firefox from getting to the desktop e.g. Windows. That's not the issue. The desktop is locked down enough and users need to access it - they are internal users who need a desktop.  What I need are links on the desktops to Web sites that just open to a single Web site - people can't get the full browser. So people get the full desktop but not the full browser. If I have missed something in my reading/interpreting please point out documentation where I might accomplish what I am looking for.
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DeviliXCommented:
Did you check https://www.mozdevgroup.com/clients/bm/ 
If you look under "Content Filtering" isn't that what you are looking for?

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lineonecorpAuthor Commented:
Thanks for pointing it out. I had read too fast. When I saw content filtering I thought it worked the reverse - sites that could be blocked - usually what I associate with content filtering - versus  controlling what specific sites people can go to which is what I believe this does. Is that how you read it as well? I can have only one or two sites that are accessible as opposed to denying access to site A and Site B, etc
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DeviliXCommented:
As i read it; then you ahve the possibility to specify what sites you want the user to access.
That way you fully control the pages the user can access.

"STRICT only allows an exact match on a URL"

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CianoxCommented:
Hello
I think you can easily get your result using a PAC file in Firefox. A PAC is a Proxy AutoConfiguration file. It's a script that you can customize according to your need and it's very suitable for situations like this. For example you can write a PAC file that only allows one on two websites and anything else.

You can start from here, but you can find a lot of infos using Google.

There's little problem to consider anyway: your users could easily remove the setting for the pac file in Firefox. To prevent this the main ways are using a proxy (that could create a non-sense situation) or a firewall. Supposing that you are not using a Proxy (in such a case your question wouldn't be here) probably you are using a central firewall. In that case you could somehow limit connections from firefox forcing the use of the PAC file, but there's some work to do for this, and I can't assure that it's possible in your environment. Maybe there's an addons that can prevent the users to change the proxy setting in FF but I don't remember at the moment (I doubt, anyway)
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lineonecorpAuthor Commented:
Let me test out and get back to you.
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CianoxCommented:
This can be helpful for blocking preferences like proxy and other

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Locking_preferences

some more info here:
http://kb.mozillazine.org/about%3Aconfig_entries
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lineonecorpAuthor Commented:
Thanks. I'll look at these as well.
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