February 9, 2006 6:20 AM   Subscribe

Can I redirect a request for a website to another website? E.G. On our LAN: user types, user goes to another FAKE with alternate content urging employee to work instead of flirt.

Is there a software package or is there some kind of fancy proxy DNS stuff I can do. There is a web server on our LAN that I can set this fake page up on.
I block the site using group policies (WIN SERVER 2003), but we should have more fun than that.
posted by bloodniece to Technology (12 answers total)
HOST file redirection is an easy way to redirect DNS calls to other servers. Look up HOST file on google and you'll get plenty of hits.
posted by rabbitsnake at 6:26 AM on February 9, 2006

set your intranet DNS server(s) to be authoritative for Set a wildcard entry pointing to a web server whose only page says GBTW.
posted by popechunk at 6:29 AM on February 9, 2006

You are evil. :)

It would be funny if the fake myspace site had fake members who all talked in their profiles about how much they enjoy work, and working, etc. and how they love to go out with people who work hard and don't surf the net all day. You could call it "workspace".
posted by craniac at 6:44 AM on February 9, 2006

You could definitely use the HOSTS file to do this if you want

If you're using XP go into the
folder and open up the HOSTS file with notepad.

From there just add the IP you want to redirect to then the site you want to redirect from. localhost

Like that

If I'm correct, that should take the person going to to whatever the site is at the IP of
posted by phillygee at 6:47 AM on February 9, 2006

My company just started using Blue Coat Web Filter to block me from visiting sites like Questionable content and Dooce (jerks!). Right now, when I try to access one of the sites it says this:

Access Denied (content_filter_denied)

Your request was denied because of its content categorization: "Adult/Mature Content;Society/Lifestyle"

For assistance, contact your network support team, referencing FCH2_Bluecoat.

Your request was categorized by Blue Coat Web Filter as 'Adult/Mature Content;Society/Lifestyle'.
If you wish to question or dispute this result, please click here.

But it might let you customize the page...

I hope it doesn't log how many times I try to view these sites, b/c I just did it like 4 times
posted by echo0720 at 6:59 AM on February 9, 2006

More complicated, but way, way, way more useful: Force all internet access through a squid caching proxy. Now you can filter ads, you can save bandwidth, *AND* you can do all that fun stuff you mentioned. Oh, you can also rewrite pages so that instead of banning them / redirecting them, you could force the top half of the page to remind them that if it isn't a work site, they're risking their jobs!

And yes, it's free...
posted by shepd at 7:18 AM on February 9, 2006

If you do use the local DNS trick (which is like 5 minutes of work, btw), you might also wish to have your network guy null-route the real IP(s) for

This will stop the average bear. shepd's squid proxy is a lot more work, but is far more powerful, and you could probably even prevent your more net-savvy users from digging around for other proxies on the net, in order to get around your hosts/DNS rule(s).
posted by popechunk at 8:25 AM on February 9, 2006

I use a squid proxy for doing something like this (although my reasons are much less nefarious).

It's far more flexible than your /etc/hosts file.
posted by teece at 8:35 AM on February 9, 2006

There are many ways of doing this, many of them free. For a commercial solution, check out something like Packeteer's PacketShaper which also will, for example, detect and stop P2P traffic and do bandwidth allocation.
posted by RikiTikiTavi at 8:48 AM on February 9, 2006

echo0720: "I hope it doesn't log how many times I try to view these sites, b/c I just did it like 4 times"

It almost certainly does. Sorry 'bout that.
posted by matthewr at 10:00 AM on February 9, 2006

The HOSTS file ideas are not that great. Yes, they work - if you want to go manually touch each machine (or push it out as a batch job)

The easiest way is to do it on the DNS end, as others have mentioned. Make your DNS server answer for * - bam. Problem solved.
posted by drstein at 11:24 AM on February 9, 2006

Wow, thanks for all the great tips.
I'm really not evil. I check Metafilter throughout the day :), but there are a couple of abusers really taking time to blog on Myspace (over 40 minutes at a time.)

The guy I'm after is actually a friend so the reward will be sweet.
Onetime, I made an exact replica of his Myspace page, blogs and all. I'm obsessed about his obsession, doh!
posted by bloodniece at 6:04 PM on February 9, 2006

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