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    How to restrict the user from browsing the Internet from Windows Server?

    I would like to prevent the user from browsing the internet sites and downloading from windows server. My system runs in Windows XP. Please give a solution for this problem.

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    ayyappausa Array
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    Jan 2013

    Re: How to restrict the user from browsing the Internet from Windows Server?

    Blocking Web Sites Using Group Policy

    When you want to distribute the list of blocked sites to all of your employees, you can either do this manually or with Group Policy. If you use Group Policy, you can simply configure the list of blocked sites one time, then let Group Policy processing deploy the setting to every computer with no additional effort from you.
    In order to use Group Policy to distribute the list of Approved sites that are blocked, you will first need to create and configure a GPO for your domain. Since this GPO will affect every user, you can link the GPO to the domain node. You can use the GPMC to do this.
    Then, once you have the GPO created and linked, you will want to edit the GPO. Once you have the GPO in the editor, you will want to expand the User Configuration node down to Policies|Windows Settings|Internet Explorer Maintenance|Security|Security Zones and Content Ratings. When you have expanded down to this node, double click on the Security Zones and Content Ratings policy to open up the dialog box which is shown in Figure 6.

    Figure 6: Security Zones and Content Ratings Dialog box from a GPO

    Here are the tricky parts! The computer that you are editing the GPO on MUST be running the same version of Internet Explorer that the target computers are running on. The reason is that Internet Explorer stores content rating information in different files depending on the version. Also, you must configure the Internet Explorer settings for content rating on the computer where you are editing the GPO because you will be “importing” the settings from the local computer into the GPO.
    Never edit the Internet Explorer maintenance settings on a GPO running a different version of Internet Explorer than what the GPO settings were originally created. This can cause issues within both the GPO and the target computer receiving the settings.

    To configure the settings for content ratings, you select the radio button under the content ratings section labeled “Import the current Content Ratings settings.” My suggestion is for you to also select the Modify Settings button to ensure that you have the correct settings. You just want to follow the same steps as you did above in the article when you manually configured the settings.
    Once you have completed the import step and configured the settings, you only need to click the OK button and let Group Policy processing do the rest. If you want to have the settings apply faster, you can of course run gpupdate on the target computer to have the settings apply immediately.
    Blocking Web Sites for Some Users, But Not All Users

    In order to block Web sites for some users and not all, you will follow the same steps as you did in the last section, but instead of linking the GPO to the domain, link it to an organizational unit (OU) where all of the users are located that will receive the setting. This will ensure that the settings in the GPO linked to the OU only affect the users in that OU and not anywhere else in Active Directory.

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    ak47 Array
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    Jan 2013

    Re: How to restrict the user from browsing the Internet from Windows Server?

    The "Internet Options" function is a part of Internet Explorer, which is the native Internet browser in Windows. After opening the dialog box for Internet Options, you will have access to the security, privacy and connections features of the Internet Explorer browser. If a temporary or guest user changes these settings, your Internet and PC tasks could malfunction or simply not respond to your commands. To avoid these headaches, you can restrict users' access to Internet Options in Internet Explorer.

      • 1Close all instances of the Internet Explorer browser.

      • 2Click "Start" (the Windows-logo button in the lower-left-hand corner of the screen). Type "Gpedit.msc" in the search box at the bottom of the "Start" menu. Press "Enter" to open the Local Group Policy Editor window.

      • 3Click to expand the following folders in the left pane in order: "User Configuration," "Administrative Templates," "Windows Components" and "Internet Explorer." Select the "Browser Menus" folder; its contents will show in the right pane.

      • 4Double-click on the "Tools Menu: Disable Internet Options... Menu Option" icon in the "Settings" pane.

      • 5Fill in the radio button next to "Disabled." Click "OK" to restrict access to the "Internet Options" function in the Internet Explorer browser.

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