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Disable policies

Created: 26 Jan 2010 | 3 comments
Rachael's picture
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I work with a variety of web gateway policies on a regular basis, and it would be helpful to have the ability to disable individual policies when necessary (much like a firewall).

Right now, the only options are to delete the policy in question, or re-order the policies to "hide" the one that you want to disable.  I know you can use templates to save off existing policies for re-use, which helps if you go the delete route.  However, I would like to see a simpler solution for when you want to prevent a policy from functioning for a short period of time.

Thanks!

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Sergi Isasi's picture

Hi Rachael,

Thank you for the Idea.  It's a good feature request and we will consider it for a future release of the product.

For others interested, please use the voting mechanism on this page as it does factor into our decision making criteria when we plan for new releases.

Thanks!

SI

Senior Product Manager - Web Gateway

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Geoff Trowbridge's picture

I second this idea.  We plan to use the Web Gateway URL Filtering in a public library environment to enforce default blocking of certain objectionable content for children and teens, BUT we must also have the ability to grant access to such sites if we are specifically asked to do so (for research purposes, etc.) and the content is not explicitly pornographic.

As it stands now, it appears that the only way to accomplish this would be to create a separate policy for each individual PC and to have an administrator remove the respective policy when necessary.  Given the inherent awkwardness of such a setup, a method of temporarily disabling the URL Filtering for a specific PC or policy on an as-needed basis would be a tremendously helpful feature.

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Andy G's picture

With SWG using nested policies, you could create a top level policy allowing access and grant it against the Active Directory account/organisational group of the person being granted permisison,. When not being used, the policy could be assigned to a dummy/test account/group which would then ensure that all traffic goes through the correct policy.

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