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    One browser must be locked, the other not!

    There are a bunch of people using win 7 pc's with browsers - MS and or non MS. I need to leave their current browser usage alone, but provide them with an alternate browser / browser equivalent (could be the same brand / version, or different, from their main browser). However the alternate must only be able to access one predefined web site, and must be restricted so it cannot update itself without permission.
    The options I have found so far are either out of date or control the access of all browsers on the pc. Group policy / registry tweeks etc. are all allowed. The method does not have to be heavily 'hack proof'. It's just there to help 'keep us honest'.

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    The most efficient way to apply a standard to "a bunch of people" for an application is through Group Policy.

    I'm not sure what the purpose of accessing one predefined site in an "alternate browser" would be if the users can access more than that in IE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwoods View Post
    The most efficient way to apply a standard to "a bunch of people" for an application is through Group Policy.

    I'm not sure what the purpose of accessing one predefined site in an "alternate browser" would be if the users can access more than that in IE.
    Might check this page about "site-specific" browsing:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Site-specific_browser
    More at https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Site-speci...owser&ia=about

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    jwoods,
    It would take quite a while to explain why this is needed, so I would rather not take time / space up here with that. Please just accept that this is a professional level significant need.

    So - can it be done, and if so how? I know of "group policy" and know it is applicable to the group since they are on the enterprise branch. However I have zero knowledge of it beyond that. If you believe it could be used for this end, then whilst a full explanation would be nice, if that is time consuming for you, even some pointers that I may be able to get others to interpret would be appreciated.

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    Group policy is huge and probably won't do what you want without major investment of time and effort.
    The main issue I see is that you must provide an alternate browser for systems that may already have multiple browsers, thus you can't use Firefox on a system that already has it etc. The other issue is the non-update requirement, effectively requiring a completely new browser.
    Have you considered BitBox (Browser in the Box), or a Browser Appliance?
    http://howto.gumph.org/content/build...ser-appliance/
    https://solutionexchange.vmware.com/...wser-appliance

    cheers, Paul

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    jwoods,
    Thanks for the link - others with more knowledge of group policy than I (not difficult) will hopefully find this useful, thanks.

    PaulT,
    I had not considered those specific items, and will now do so. My mind had turned to the idea of running a browser in a VM, but I was just looking at Virtualbox (since I have some familiarity) running win 7 running IE or whatever. However this would mean the group has to pay for an extra copy of Windows.

    However it is not quite true that "thus you can't use Firefox on a system that already has it etc". For example I know one can run an old version of Opera alongside the current version. So if there was a way of restricting the old one to the one site (and not updating) we would be fine.

    The method of pointing the browser at a non existent proxy server and excluding the desired site affects all browsers on that pc, but hopefully not any virtualised browser - next experiment!

    Thanks all

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    You can use Linux as the VM operating system, so no cost.
    Using a browser from Portable Apps may also work.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    You can use Linux as the VM operating system, so no cost.
    Using a browser from Portable Apps may also work.

    cheers, Paul
    Pale Moon has a version that downloads as a .zip file, just decompress into a Folder wherever, mine on a USB Thumb drive, then run the program, doesn't install anything.
    http://www.palemoon.org/
    http://www.palemoon.org/palemoon-portable.shtml
    This may be in keeping with the need:
    "Note: portables are not meant to have file/URL associations with the desktop"
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_M...web_browser%29

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    There's a Firefox extension that might be useful - http://www.ghacks.net/2009/03/25/con...list-websites/

    Pale Moon uses a different profile to Firefox so it could be used for this (assuming a significant number of users already use FF), it would require the latest compatible 3.3.0.1 version.

    You would also need to blacklist the site inside the other browsers, if you control the server being accessed, you may be able to set it up so that it blocks all but the approved browser?

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    Ok, after trying a number of things you seem to have supplied me with at least one solution - thank you all.

    The one that is currently working is PaleMoon on a stick set to use a none existant proxy server. This blocks PaleMoon from other sites OK, but leaves browsers on the 'C:' drive unaffected. This also has the advantage that we can keep the master copy of what PaleMoon needs on the stick in the formal configuration management system and just down load that to a stick if there is any question of the stick content being altered.Also this method seems to survive using VPN.

    There may be other solutions, but at least I now have moved from none to one - a big step.

    Thanks again - Peter

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