Introduction

Many organizations use a proxy server to manage and monitor internet traffic. A proxy server acts as an intermediary between a client and the external network. Popular proxy servers include ProxySG and Squid, among others.

There are two typical configurations: caching and transparent. The most common is a caching proxy. A caching proxy requires that the client is configured to use the proxy. This can be done through DHCP or manual configuration. As an example, the web proxy for a client is set to 10.0.0.2 with port 3128. The network is then configured to only allow traffic outbound from 10.0.0.2 and not directly from the client.

In a transparent proxy, the client does not need to know about the proxy server. It most often runs in line with the router. No client-side configuration is needed.

 

Automox Client Configuration - Linux

The Automox client needs the environment variables HTTP_PROXY  and HTTPS_PROXY  set. These can be set in your current session using export export HTTP_PROXY=http://10.0.0.1:3128 and export HTTPS_PROXY=http://10.0.0.1:3128 replacing 10.0.0.1:3128 with your proxy server address and port. However, since the Automox agent will run automatically at startup, the best practice is to ensure that this is set globally in the file /etc/profile .

Step 1. Begin by editing the file /etc/profile .

Step 2. Append export HTTP_PROXY=http://yourProxyServer:yourProxyPort  and export HTTPS_PROXY=http://yourProxyServer:yourProxyPort .

Step 3. To verify the setting, you can log out of your session, log in again, and run echo $HTTP_PROXY  or echo $HTTPS_PROXY .

Automox Client Configuration – Windows

The Automox client requires that a system environment variable is set. This is not a profile environment variable but rather a system environment variable.

Step 1. In the Control Panel, click System and Security.

Step 2. Click System.

Step 3. Click Advanced System Settings.

Step 4. Click Environment Variables.

Step 5. Under System variables, click New.

Step 6. Configure variables as follows:

  • For Variable name enter: HTTP_PROXY 
  • For Variable value enter: the IP/Name of your proxy server and port. 
  • Click OK.

Step 7. Click OK.

Step 8. Complete the same steps for HTTPS_PROXY. Be sure to leave the protocol as http. leaving out the "s."

Your Automox Agent is now configured to use your proxy server.

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