How to use Group Policy to control access to web sites

This article helps you to use Windows Group Policy to control access to web sites.

Applies to:   Windows Server 2003
Original KB number:   556044



Using the instructions bellow don't provide a full management solutions.
For large company/company with special security requirements, consider to use central management solution, like Microsoft ISA Server.

  1. Create new GPO (Group Policy Object).

  2. Under the new GPO, navigate to: User Configuration\Windows Settings\Internet Explorer Maintenance\Connection\Connection.

  3. Double-click on Proxy Settings.

  4. Mark the checkbox Enable proxy settings.

  5. Under Address of proxy, write the host name of the local proxy (In case that you don't have a proxy server, write a as the Server IP).

  6. Under Exceptions, write the web site that you allow access to (To use multiple web site names, add ; between each web site name.

  7. Press on Ok button, and close the MMC.

  8. Apply the new GPO to the required OU/Domain.

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