Testing proxy servers

By crsafe01
Sep 22, 2010
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  1. Good afternoon,

    I was wondering if someone could possibly help with some question(s). I visit this board often for answers to questions and now I actually have one!

    Basically, I have been asked to test three proxy servers as we recently discovered that of the 5, 3 of them could no longer reach the internet.

    Could someone recommend or advise the best line of action to test be it with manual input or via 3rd party software if these servers are working correctly as proxy's, in terms of connecting to the internet?

    Many thanks,
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

    that may be very difficult from here, as the specific proxy venders can have different rules in the configurations.

    Recommend, you get all the products to be tested reinstalled on a test server using their default settings.
    Add sufficient rules to only control access to a specific domain, eg google.com

    Retest all.

    Once that is working again,
    • you need to carefully add one action at a time to all products
    • retest
    and iterate the development of the rule set until ALL have what you want.
    Be sure to document any difficulties discovered along the way.

    Then you are in a position to compare opertions, logging, ...

    best wishes

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