How do you manage internal web proxy with roaming laptop users?



  • We put a registry key on users laptops to toggle turning the proxy on and off when they are at home.

    What do other people use so that if a user is at home and not connected to our VPN and just wants to surf and check email? Outlook seems to take IE settings so if the proxy is enabled and the user is connected to Wifi only then Outlook will not update and IE won't connect.

    Firefox with no proxy set in the browser is a rough and ready workaround that we also use but far from ideal.

    Users are mostly Win 10. Our DC is Win 2012 R2 and run Sophos Web Appliance Proxy as a VM.

    Thanks



  • We don't worry about roaming laptop users.



  • I used a pac file in the past that only enabled proxy when on company network, among other settings.



  • @shutdown_engineer said in How do you manage internal web proxy with roaming laptop users?:

    We put a registry key on users laptops to toggle turning the proxy on and off when they are at home.

    What do other people use so that if a user is at home and not connected to our VPN and just wants to surf and check email? Outlook seems to take IE settings so if the proxy is enabled and the user is connected to Wifi only then Outlook will not update and IE won't connect.

    Firefox with no proxy set in the browser is a rough and ready workaround that we also use but far from ideal.

    Users are mostly Win 10. Our DC is Win 2012 R2 and run Sophos Web Appliance Proxy as a VM.

    Thanks

    Why is Firefox rough workaround? Why are your users still using IE? It's almost 2020, not 2000 anymore.
    2nd issue is proxy. Why would you use one? Most web traffic is encrypted, so web proxies became obsolete, as you cannot use one without doing some man in the middle workarounds. If you need web filtering, then use proper solution like Pi-hole or AdGuard Home.


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