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Old 11-19-2005, 07:53 AM   #1
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Linux as a proxy server


Hello-
I have a friend who is interested in seting up a small computer lab at his church for some of the children there. I recently ran the wiring thoughout their building to put ethernet ports in the walls of every room, all connected through a router and hub on a T1 extention.. Anyway, for the computer lab portion, I would like to put in a place a proxy server to act as a content filter. I would run from the wall connection to the server, and out of the server's second ethernet card to a small hub, and from the hub to each of the computers in the lab.

I need help with the proxy server part. I have little (read none) experience with setting up a proxy server. In theory it is simple enough, but i want to learn as much as i can before attempting this. I would like recommendations of maybe a linux distribution that would run on minimal hardware whose sole purpose is to act as a proxy server. Any advice whatsoever is welcome. In the meantime, i am looking into how to set up Dansguardian/Squid. Is this the right path i should be going down?

Thanks to all,
-myk
 
Old 11-19-2005, 09:30 AM   #2
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There are some distros aimed specifically at proxying + firewall such as Smoothwall. Not sure if any integreate decent content filtering through DG. But, Squid + DansGuardian are quite easy to configure yourself, and there's a good article under the 'Tutorials' section on these forums outling setting up routing to move data from one nic to another as you wish.
 
Old 11-19-2005, 09:38 AM   #3
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Thank you, I will look through the tutorials. I also found IPCop

http://www.ipcop.org/

They have add-on modules for Squid/Dansguardian, and everything can be easily configured through a web interface, similar to setting up a hardware router.

I still welcome all suggestions and ideas,though.
 
Old 11-19-2005, 09:58 AM   #4
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IPCop is well respected, but I haven't used it. Maybe a few other members can offer some insight. Just a further note on web-based management, webmin could be installed on your machine when you setup the proxy, which provides plugins for Squid + DansGuardian giving you easy control rather through the config files.
 
Old 11-19-2005, 03:45 PM   #5
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took me a bit to find what you meant about webmin, didnt know it was an actual program
is this what you are referring to?

http://www.webmin.com/intro.html

thanks,
-myk
 
  


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