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Firewall software

Is there a software solution that someone could recommend so theat I can have it loaded on a central server and then control the internet activity and priviledges for my network from the central server. I'm aware that a client app will most likely need to be loaded on the client machines on my network, but control should be centralized. A hardware firewall my cost too much for me to justify this in a 8 computer home network domain running 8 clients with XP and Win 7and a win 2k3 server domain controller with AD. any suggestions will be great. The key is centralized control from my win2k3 server. The router I have provides very limited capabilities.
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timgreen7077
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Joseph DalyCommented:
You may want to take a look at using a proxy server in combination with something like openDNS.
http://www.opendns.com/home

The proxy server will force all of your clients to go through a central server to reach the internet and the openDNS should allow you to filter/restrict sites.
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zippybungle2003Commented:
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Radhakrishnan RITCommented:
You can try kerio winroute firewall which good for medium level organization, also, they are providing 30 days trail period with full compatiability. But only works with AD authentication method.
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ChiefITCommented:
There are lots of options to choose from:

Centralized management could mean a hardware firewall between your router and ISP's equipment. That would define policy for everyone. Software routers with centralized management means a server/client software solution. The only one I toyed with was ISA, and that used group policies to control the settings.

It's too bad in mid 2006 Microsoft no longer really supports ISA firewall. ISA stands for Internet Security and Acceleration. It did a number of things above/beyond most software firewalls and it was well rewarded for it. That's what I would have recommended for you if not supported.

Anyway, you can get some ideas off this thread:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Microsoft/Windows_Security/Q_22394078.html

The key to a good firewall and IT security plan/package is your ability to configure it to work the way you want it to. So, test a few solutions out to be sure it's easy for you to work with.
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