Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Denying internet use on a Windows 8 machine (Quick and dirty)


We have a couple of developers creating software for external clients. Since we only do big releases once per year, this software had to be tested on a Windows 8 machine. Unfortunately, our current AD / LAN is not ready for Windows 8 integration, so we had to come up with a solution. The challenge here was that the machines itself did need LAN access to different resources. Hauling USB keys was not an option. And since we don’t have any time whatsoever, it had to be a quick (and dirty :-)) solution!
…And so:
After playing around with the Windows 8 machine for a bit, adding it to the domain and trying to figure out what to do, I found out that I couldn’t change the host file with my domain admin account! This opened up all sorts of possibilities!
Apparently, Microsoft decided it was time to up their security a bit, and in this case it meant that only the real LOCAL administrator account (hostname\administrator) could edit and save the host file. With this in mind, I simply had to edit the hostfile so that all traffic going towards our proxy servers was blocked. The hostfile is found in.

If the issue is still not fixed, it can be a very critical problem with your computer affecting your personal data and the Windows Operating System. You will have to chat with our Experts or you can check with your local technician to get the problems fixed with very high priority.


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