How to manage whitelist of websites for a school lab?
December 18, 2008 4:56 AM Subscribe
How can I remotely manage a whitelist of allowed websites for a computer lab of 20 iMacs?
posted by those are my balloons to computers & internet (6 answers total)
I run a lab of 20 iMacs used for teaching electronic music, etc. In the past I didn't mind if there was some extraneous web browsing going on but there is a lot of off-task activity now and I'd like to limit browsing to a whitelist of music-related sites that I will manage remotely using Apple Remote Desktop or something else.
The computers all have both Firefox and Safari installed, so whichever one provides the better solution will be the one that remains enabled. Other things to keep in mind...
- We are running 10.5.5, and I am the only instructor who uses the lab, I have full access to all machines. I am comfortable editing config files and that sort of thing if necessary
- Apple Remote Desktop is used for managing lots of other things in the lab already
- the school district has a county-wide proxy that has to be used for any outgoing connections and blocks lots of stuff already...but not enough to keep the lab in use for its intended purpose only
- I want to be able to update the whitelist on all machines simultaneously and keep them the same, as I find more sites that should be made available
I have a colleague who uses Parental Controls to manage the Safari allowed-sites list in his lab, but it doesn't seem to be possible to do this on all 20 of my machines at the same time...I want a solution that lets me manage the whitelist immediately and on all machines.