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Control Website Usage on Laptops

Posted on 2011-10-10
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have a customer that uses laptops in the field with 3G Internet Cards.

They want to limit the access on the laptops to certain company related websites.

I found this article.


It shows how to control using Group Policy based on User Accounts.  However I would like to be able to do so by computer name.  I have all of the laptops (which run XP Pro) in one OU.

If I apply to all users in the domain, it will prevent them from doing other work on desktops.

If there are any 3rd part products that can help, I'm interested.

Question by:truth_talker
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Aaron Tomosky earned 2000 total points
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May be easier to manually put a fake dns server in and just put the allowed websites into the hosts file
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by:Paul S
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There are tons of commercial products for this:

For free choice (no central management) try these:
Forticlient (Lite) http://forticlient.com/

Open DNS: http://www.opendns.com/features/contentfiltering

K9 - http://www1.k9webprotection.com/

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I know there are quite a few out there, I just didn't know if there were any specifically that could/would work for laptops using air cards.

The problem is these laptops are in police cars and they are in use 24/7.  So to maintain the hosts file if a website IP Changes in the middle of the night then they would be down until I could edit the hosts files again.

Open DNS might work if the air cards had static IP addresses, but they are dynamic.


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