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Configuring Sonicwall 2040 Pro to allow MS hosted email

Posted on 2011-09-09
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I am currently moving from an in house email system to a Microsoft hosted Exchange, I have a great number of users who are not allowed to have internet access, I need to create a rule in Sonicwall 2040 Pro to allow a block of URLs that they will need to access
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by:digitap
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This sounds similar to a whitelist and sonicwall does not provide that as a solution in their appliance. This has always been a sorce of frustration with me. In the past, I've had to employ a proxy solution like CCProxy in order to create whitelist Internet access. The sonicwall does not provide a way allowing a list of URLs. If you knew the public IP addresses of those websites, you could create a address group with the address objects of the IPs of those URLs. Then, create a firewall rule allowing only those IP addresses for those users. Of course, you'll need to distinguish those users from everyone else. You could do this by MAC address or giving them a static IP. Currently, how do you block those users from the Internet?
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I currently have the restricted users on a different IP segment
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Ah, well, you're still with the same issue: Sonicwall doesn't do whitelists. Is my assessment correct, you're wanting to create a list of allowed URLs that users will have access to, but no other Internet access will be allowed?
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by:kickersport
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Digitap,

You are correct that is exactly what I would like to accomplish
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CCProxy will be your best bet. http://bit.ly/odMwIU It's inexpensive and works quite well. The only issue I'd found with it, was my users accessed complicated websites that pulled content from other websites that were not within the whitelist. So, it wasn't as simple as adding target.com or walmart.com. The company was in healthcare.
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