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  1. Smoothwall SAML Integration

    Smoothwall customers are increasingly using cloud based services and federating with external user repositories, such as Azure AD/Office 365.

    Most of these cloud based directories allow integarion with SAML.  Please considering implementing SAML integarion with Smoothwall

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      0 comments  ·  Authentication  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Overblocking Remedy - Temporary Bypass Code

      A number of bypass methods to assist with temporary unblocking of content have already been suggested on the Smoothwall UserVoice sub-site.

      Here in Australia we have a competitor that provides the facility to generate a temporary bypass single use code from within the User Portal, that can be distributed to users experiencing over-blocking. When generating the code in the User Portal, the Power User/Teacher can set the duration of the bypass. It is expected that the bypass code will only be given to end-users who are being supervised (such as a class, training session).

      Selection of which categorise can be…

      49 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Guardian Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Foreign Country IP Blocking Dynamic List / Geo Blocking

        Most Firewalls allow you to select which countries you would like to block. I can manually add a subnet but each country generally has like 200 subnets to type in. It would nice to select what countries you would like to block and have that list part of a definition file that gets updated like the content filter.

        115 votes
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          44 comments  ·  Firewall & Routing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Active Directory group refresh button

          When I add users or groups to a windows security group it can take up to half an hour (according to SW) to update the groups.
          (Lightspeed is at login).

          Could it be made so the site has more control over this, I'm thinking the ability to force a sync.
          It would be nice if I could change this half hour to what ever I like (within reason) manually in a setting within SW.

          We use AD groups to allow access to certain policies EG youtube as I have the classes within my AD already.

          Thanks.

          Steve

          23 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Guardian Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Controlling specific groups in the Portal filter list management

            Allowing control over specific group filter lists so staff cannot allow websites for themselves but can allow websites for students.

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              0 comments  ·  Guardian Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                0 comments  ·  User Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Audit logs for changes made to console settings

                We have had two instances now, where changes have been made to filter policies on the console by Admins, where we needed a log of when and by who the changes were made? We can get when someone logged in, but not what they actually did. This is compliance with the NEN Security guidelines.

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                  1 comment  ·  Central Management, Clustering & HA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Change Tracking / Auditing

                  Change tracking or auditing of changes applied would be useful. The addition of adding a note would serve as a reminder of why/who/when a change was made. Would be specially useful where multiple admins maintain a single Smoothwall or a cluser.

                  114 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    started  ·  Chris Humby responded

                    Update:
                    Here’s a preview of the log imported to a spreadsheet: https://twitter.com/ChrisHumby/status/925409517239750657
                    Longer term we’d love to build this into the UI, perhaps with a roll-back mechanism. However for now will this help with figuring out who made what change?

                    We’ve taken another look at retrofitting some improved auditing within our SWG / UTM products to help track configuration changes.

                    Initially our plan is to improve the logging so you can import it to a spreadsheet and see what Guardian changes were made at a given time. We aiming to get this into our Leeds castle release so we won’t be able to include much more than this for now.

                  • Copy a category / category group

                    Isn't it good to be able to clone a category group ? this way you can make a copy modify and apply to a policy as a test. If it goes wrong at least you have the original to go back to.

                    43 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      We’re beginning design on a new cloud-based management interface. Among lots of cool improvements for managing your Smoothwall(s), we’ll be redesigning the management of the filtering, and being able to copy things will be included. No timescales on it right now… but it’s on it’s way!

                    • Andriod, IOS Managment APP

                      What are the chances of having a App so that we can access core functions of smoothwall from our mobile devices, IE restart server, quick block/unblock basic log searching.

                      The amount of times we are asked to block or unblock a site but we are not near our control pc so if there was a quick use app.

                      7 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Central Management, Clustering & HA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Right now… zero :(

                        There’s currently no way to make an app control the Smoothwall directly. But… future work we have planned require us to write APIs which would allow exactly that sort of thing. An app is not to of the pile of things to do once we have an API – better management interfaces and systems in general are – but it’s not out of the question.

                      • Bandwidth graph instead of hits

                        I would rather see a scrolling Bandwidth monitor than the hits monitor.

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                          1 comment  ·  User Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Reports should include the time period the report is for and any speciffic options selected

                          Please add option for reports to display a title containing the time period and what the report is for? For example, I have a report that displays the activity of a specific user over a period of time, but the report does not display what user or what period of time the report is for. If you have to run many reports for different users for different periods of time it makes it extremely difficult to tell which report refers to what user. This is also the case when exporting reports to a file (.pdf, .csv, etc.). I have tried…

                          35 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            started  ·  Dan Mckean-Tinker responded

                            As we go along, we’re gradually updating reports and creating news ones to ensure each has this information. This allows someone looking at a report much later or looking through many reports to see what the data is that they’re looking at.

                          • guest wireless login management

                            My feature request would be for Guest login management on the smoothwall. I could then create user accounts for the administrative assistants, who could log in and grant a guest (or parent) access to the Wifi for a templated amount of time. It could be done with the user/password combination of the SSL login page, but having a new Guest Login page with just a "code" needed would make it easier for folks. Also having the ability to mark the user in a special group (ie: presenters coming on campus needing access to specific resources by way of Zone Groups....…

                            17 votes
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                            • The ability to have Youtube blocked, but then unblock specific channels

                              It would ideal to have a general block on youtube but then be able to allow specific channels that are whitelisted.

                              7 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Responsive Design for SSL Login Page

                                Currently, when using SSL user authentication on mobile devices (especially phones) the user is bought to a logon page formatted for a desktop web browser, which results in a suboptimal user experience.

                                It would be nice if the login page could recognise mobile devices and arrange the layout respectively.

                                65 votes
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                                • Show unblock controls - show only certain block lists

                                  On the default blocked page, you can show unblock controls
                                  So, if a site is blocked, you can select an allow list at add it to it.
                                  Would be good to be able to limit which allow list can be seen.

                                  4 votes
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                                  • Be able to setup 2 week timetable slots

                                    Ok, this might be pushing the limits of the smoothwall but would it be possible to set a 2 week timetable via the quota?

                                    It would mean having an internal calendar but we are having so many requests now for groups of sites to be unblocked we keep having to go into the smoothie and turn policies on or off so having this means we can setup a 2 week time slots

                                    25 votes
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                                    • The graph could be bigger

                                      The traffic graph doesn't fit the table. It's bit small.

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                                      • DELETE OLD REPORTS BUTTON

                                        The the REPORTS menu, there are tons of old scheduled reports.
                                        A DELETE ALL button would be really useful.

                                        11 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Manage filter lists on portal

                                          Would be good if you could select which filter lists could be managed via the portal.
                                          For example, I'd like to ONLY allow access to the GLOBAL allow or block lists.
                                          The more complex ones, I'd one to keep hidden

                                          3 votes
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