Using the Automox Agent with a Proxy Server

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Introduction

Many organization 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. A client would set the web proxy to an address, 10.0.0.2 for example and with the port 3128. The network would be configured to only allow traffic outbound from 10.0.0.2 and not directly from the client.

 

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Figure 1. Typical proxy server configuration

 

 

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

 

Automox Client Configuration - Linux

The Automox client needs the environment variable HTTP_PROXY set. This can be set in your current session using export “export HTTP_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 start automatically at boot 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.

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

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Step 3. To verify the setting you can logout of your session, log in again and run “echo $HTTP_PROXY”

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Automox Client Configuration – Windows

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

Step 1. In the Control Panel select “System and Security”.Picture5.png

 

Step 2. Next select “System”.

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Step 3. Next select “Advanced System Settings”.

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Step 4. Next “Environment Variables”

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Step 5. Next select “New” under “System Variables”

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Step 6. Variable configuration.
-Under Variable name enter : HTTP_PROXY.
-Under Variable value enter : the IP/Name of your proxy server and port. -Select “OK”.

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Step 7. Next select “OK”

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Your proxy server is now configured for the Automox Agent!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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