Configuring with the web interface

clarkConnectYou can configure your ClarkConnect server using an internet browser.

 


Prerequisites

You will need a workstation connected to the internal side of the ClarkConnect server.  Initially your ClarkConnect server isn't configured for DHCP so you will need to manually set the IP address for your workstation (eg address 192.168.1.7, mask 255.255.255.0).

 

Configuration

  1. Browse to https://192.168.1.1:81/admin/ (you may need to add the security certificate as an exception).
  2. If you're using DNS Caching Nameserver you could browse to https://gateway:81/admin/
  3. You should now be looking at the ClarkConnect Dashboard.
  4. Network > DHCP:  You can configure the scope and static addresses here.
  5. Account Manager > Organization:  You should enter your centre's details here.
  6. Account Manager > Groups:  You can add groups (eg ITSupport).
  7. Account Manager > Users:  You should enter a new user account separate from the root account and make it a member of the ITSupport group.
  8. Account Manager > Administrators:  You should make the new user an administrator so that you don't have to log on as root.
  9. Services > Register System:  You can now register the system using your online ClarkConnect account (create one if you haven't already).
  10. Services > Critical Updates:  You should apply the critical updates (this might take a little while).
  11. Software > Web Proxy:  You can start the service and set it to automatically start on boot.  Additionally you should enable "Transparent Mode".
  12. Software > Content Filter:  You can start the service and set it to automatically start on boot.
  13. Software > Web Proxy: You can now enable "Content Filter".
  14. Software > Windows File Sharing:  You can enable and autostart this service.
  15. Account Manager > LDAP:  You can enable this service.
  16. Software > Windows File Sharing:  With PDC enabled you can choose an admin account to be used when adding new workstations.  Logon Home can be \\files\%U with a Logon Drive as H: and this will map the H drive to the users home directory.
  17. System > SMTP Relay:  If you've installed the SMTP server on this server, you can leave the default settings.  However if you'd like to use gmail services you can with the following settings... SMTP Host = smtp.gmail.com, Port = 465, SSL/TLS = TLS, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and password.  It's worth noting that if you use Google Apps you can use your normal email address ie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will work here!
  18. Services > Software Modules:  You can install additional services here.

 

Read the manual

It's now time to read the manual to find out how to setup for your particular service.  All configuration is done through the web interface.

icon Admin Guide (3.88 MB)

Here are some fine ideas for a ClarkConnect Server.

  • Cross Platform File Server
  • Proxy Server
  • Internet Content Filtering
  • Backup Server
  • Gateway Server

 

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