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Steady State issues with .edu web addresses RRS feed

  • Question

  • We are trying to get steady state to work on kiosk PCs so that students cannot do anything (well much of anything) malicious to the computers that are basically intended for purchasing items.  We are locking the computers down as much as we can, and we only want them to have access to certain web addresses:

    www.ttu.edu
    *.ttu.edu
    www.texastech.edu
    www.ttuhsc.edu (***)
    *.ttuhsc.edu (***)

    We have no problems accessing the first three web addresses and allowing them to pass through via steady state.  We are encountering problems with the last two.  Even when we set the home address to http://www.ttuhsc.edu (which will work in a normal broswer) and at the same time allow this address, www.ttuhsc.edu, to be an acceptible website, it acts as if the page does not exist.  We don't get the "http:///" in the window address box that would indicate a blocked site.

    All the settings seem to have no affect on the outcome.  Only when we have this specific address (or rather the two indicated by the *** above) to be allowed, or among the addresses which should be allowed, do we encounter any problems.  Also, this address is a must have to allow proper forwarding of a main component of our website.

    Thank you for any assitance/insight.

    -Tommy
    Thursday, December 18, 2008 5:58 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    I started with a profile that was set to "no restrictions" for both Windows Restrictions and Feature Restrictions.  I then selected the "prevent internet access" restriction and entered these:

    Home page: http://www.ttuhsc.edu/
    Allowed sites: *.ttu.edu;*.ttuhsc.edu

    When I logged in as the restricted user, I opened IE and it tried to open the ttuhsc.edu home page for a while.  Eventually it asked about enabling IE7's phishing filter.  After I enabled that, the site loaded with no trouble.  I could then access www.ttu.edu and www.ttuhsc.edu.

    Thanks,
    Rob Elmer
    Development Lead
    Windows SteadyState
    Thursday, December 18, 2008 9:54 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    I started with a profile that was set to "no restrictions" for both Windows Restrictions and Feature Restrictions.  I then selected the "prevent internet access" restriction and entered these:

    Home page: http://www.ttuhsc.edu/
    Allowed sites: *.ttu.edu;*.ttuhsc.edu

    When I logged in as the restricted user, I opened IE and it tried to open the ttuhsc.edu home page for a while.  Eventually it asked about enabling IE7's phishing filter.  After I enabled that, the site loaded with no trouble.  I could then access www.ttu.edu and www.ttuhsc.edu.

    Thanks,
    Rob Elmer
    Development Lead
    Windows SteadyState
    Thursday, December 18, 2008 9:54 PM
  • Wow!  I guess all it took was a fresh user.  I did exactly that, and all of our problems are solved.  I can only imagine that there was something conflicting or not being changed due to previous changes for the user.  I wont question it as long as it keeps working though!  Thanks for the help.

    - Tommy
    Friday, December 19, 2008 6:51 PM
  • Tommy:

     

    Glad you asked the question because I just installed SteadyState today and ran into the same problem and the fix worked for me too.  (love these forums).

     

    My goal is to keep everything as locked down as far as possible so I have "high restrictions" on every tab.  Were there any features that must be checked/unchecked to keep this working?

     

    -elle

    Friday, January 16, 2009 6:54 PM