You must add the proxy details for the Smoothwall appliance that will filter the Chromebook web traffic.
I don't want to have to configure the Smoothwall proxy connection details on each individual Chromebook on my network.
Note: Disclaimer: The following instructions are correct at the time of writing. Google feature names and links may change over time.
- Log into the Google Admin console, https://admin.google.com.
- Click Device management.
- From the DEVICE SETTINGS menu on the left, click Chrome Management.
- Click User Settings.
- From the Network section, configure the following:
- Proxy Mode From the drop-down menu, select Always use the proxy specified below.
- Proxy Server URL Enter the URL of the Smoothwall appliance host name and port number the port number used here must be the same as the port number specified for the non-transparent Core authentication policy created in How do I allow Google services through my Smoothwall?
- Proxy Bypass List Enter the host name of the proxy, for example,
Note: The proxy server must be specified in its URL format, and not by the IP address.
- Click SAVE.
The above instructions are recommended for when your Chromebooks are used by on- and offsite. The following article provides instructions for enforcing proxy settings when Chromebooks are connected to the internal network only — https://support.google.com/a/answer/2634553?hl=en > Add a Wi-Fi or Ethernet network configuration.
transparently filtering Chromebooks without setting proxy settings
The above setup in the Google Admin console is for a non-transparent proxy method. Should Connect for Chromebooks be unable to determine a proxy server, or your network is configured for a transparent proxy method, the following recommendations are made:
- An additional DNS entry should be added to your local DNS settings:
autodiscover.smoothwall.net mapped to the internal IP address of the Smoothwall.
This is because Connect for Chromebooks uses the above domain name when attempting to communicate directly with the Smoothwall in the absence of a proxy setup.
What's Left To Do?
- How do I use the Connect for Chromebooks Client Login Page as a Chromebook Startup Page?
- How do I deploy the Connect for Chromebooks Extension to all devices?
- How do I filter my Google devices when external to the network?
- Troubleshooting Connect for Chromebooks
- Go back to How to Setup Google as a Directory with Connect for Chromebooks
- Go back to How to Setup Google Verification with Connect for Chromebooks