Windows 2k3 server with "neutered" internet access

We have a small site with just one server on the site. I would like to be able to verify the subnet has access to the internet without unduly risking harm to the server.  

We currently have internet disabled on this system ( I do not know just how ).  I would like to be able to run a script on the sever to verify we can get to the internet and perhaps limit it to a very very small list of sites ( 1 or 2 will do )

Or would there be a very cheap device ( linux ) I could use as a remote workstation.  I kinda hate to burn that much electric using an old noisy workstation that is free

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Cris HannaSr IT Support EngineerCommented:
Windows Server 2003 is dead (End of Life/End of Support) on July 15th.   No more security patches.  It will become a bigger target

In order for this server to connect to the internet, it must have a default gateway in it's TCP/IP config.   That gateway is typically the LAN address of your router.   Depending on your router it may do what you want regarding web access
TIMFOX123Author Commented:
Humm you do have a point.

looks like this is a job for .....

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Delphineous SilverwingGood Ol' GeekCommented:
Assuming the server internet is disabled by enabling the Internet Explorer enhanced security, adding the sites to the "Trusted" zone in the IE security settings and setting the zone security to low should allow you to hit those sites.
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Cris HannaSr IT Support EngineerCommented:
server 2003 came with IE6.  I rarely upgrade IE on a server because you should not be surfing from a server so the enhanced security thing seems a bit of reach
Cris HannaSr IT Support EngineerCommented:
It's not clear what your goal is?  Are trying to create a cheap router/firewall?
Delphineous SilverwingGood Ol' GeekCommented:
Enhanced security on Windows Server is extremely common; even on 2003 Server.

I interpreted the request as a simple monitoring check for internet connectivity. Setting up a scheduled task with the script to check a site like google for a response is reasonable.

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TIMFOX123Author Commented:
This works

thank you

I think it is disabled on the server


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