Explicit Proxy: Configure Client Web Browsers
When you use the Explicit Proxy for web traffic, you must configure your client web browsers to use the Firebox address as the proxy server.
You can manually configure your client web browser with the address of the Firebox, or use proxy automatic configuration (PAC) methods to distribute the proxy configuration to all your clients. For more information on PAC files, see Explicit Proxy: PAC Files.
The subsequent sections describe three methods you can use to configure your client web browser. The examples show settings for Microsoft Internet Explorer, so might look different if you use another web browser,
You can use one of these methods to configure your web browsers:
- Distribute PAC File Script to Clients
- Automatic Detection of Proxy Settings with WPAD
- Manual Configuration of Proxy Server Address
You can use Active Directory policies to distribute the proxy automatic configuration script URL to clients.
When you store the PAC file on the Firebox, you can use WPAD through DHCP to automatically detect and configure the proxy server settings on the client web browser.
You can also configure the client web browser to use the Firebox address and port for the Explicit Proxy. Only use this method if you do not have many clients to configure. For larger networks, use the proxy automatic configuration methods as described in this section.
Click Advanced to add the Firebox address and any other local IP addresses to make sure you bypass the proxy server. The Bypass proxy server for local addresses option only applies to host names.