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Properly Pushing Proxy Settings With Google Dashboard
Posted by , Last modified by on 11 September 2014 12:14 PM

Google provides a way to push proxy settings for either your users within your Google Apps organization or devices that you've registered within the organization. We recommend pushing settings to your users, as the proxy settings will be tied to their Chrome login. Go to your Google Dashboard and navigate to Device management ---> Chrome management ---> User Settings. Scroll down to Network and in the Proxy Mode drop down, select "Always use the proxy specified below." Now you can type in the host or IP address of your proxy followed by a colon and the proxy port. The screens below can help you get there if you've not used these dashboard functions before.

First, click on Device management.


From Device management, click on Chrome management.


Under Chrome management, select User settings.


From here, scroll down to Network and locate Proxy Settings. You will see a drop down labelled "Proxy Mode", where you can choose "Always use the proxy specified below". Once you've selected this, you can type in your proxy server host or IP address. Do not forget to append the port, as you will have problems passing traffic if it is not there.


Cipafilters are configured with 8080 or 6226 as the proxy port by default. You can check this on your Cipafilter by going to Internet Filtering ---> Content Filtering.


Click on the Advanced Configuration tab and look at the Proxy Port entry.



There are a couple of things to keep in mind. If your Chrome users will not be logging in from home, you can use the internal IP address of the Cipafilter as your proxy address. If the Cipafilter is the edge device on the network and your users will be logging in from home, you can use the external IP address of the filter for the proxy address. If your users will be logging in from home, and the Cipafilter is not the edge device, you will need to set up a host name on your locally hosted DNS and a host name on your public DNS to point at the Cipafilter. Please keep in mind when pushing these setting that you will be pushing them based upon the OU you have highlighted on the left hand side. It may be advantageous to break up your OUs into distinct groups if you do not wish to push these settings to all of your users.

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