The Configuration tab provides an interface for setting web security, browsing policy options, and performing appliance network configuration and administrative tasks.


The post-installation tasks do not appear on a web appliance that is joined to a management appliance, and the only item on the Quick Tasks sidebar is Configure Central Management

The Configuration tab sidebar lists all of the available configuration pages. They are as follows:

  • Use the Accounts pages to create and manage appliance administrator accounts and to set user notification page preferences.
  • Use the Group Policy pages to set specialized URL filtering for groups and individuals, including setting modified URL web access policy during specific times or additional policies for specific purposes.
  • Use the Global Policy pages to change the web appliance URL filtering behavior.
  • Use the System pages to update, back up. and restore the appliance’s system and to change its configuration.
  • Use the Network pages to change the configuration of the appliance’s connection to, and identity within, your organization’s network and to check network connectivity.

After installation or a major upgrade, the Configuration Homepage displays a list of post-installation tasks that you should perform to ensure that the appliance performs optimally in your environment. The title of each task links to the configuration page where these configuration tasks should be performed. The post-installation tasks are:

  • Set up Default Policy: Use this page to configure how URL requests to sites categorized by content type and download types are handled by the appliance.
  • Set up Default Groups: Use this page to choose whether the default policy is applied to everyone or to selected groups of users.
  • Create Additional Policies: Use this page to set additional policies that can be used as exceptions to the Default Policy and the Special Hours Policy and which are executed as part of the web appliance’s application of acceptable browsing policy.
  • Set up Active Directory: Use this page to configure the appliance’s access to your Active Directory server.
  • Set up eDirectory: Use this page to configure the appliance’s access to your eDirectory server.
  • Certificate Validation: Use this page to configure the web appliance to examine HTTPS certificates and automatically accept valid, known certificates.
  • User Notification Options: Use this page to modify the appearance of the notification pages that the web appliance displays to users when they try to access virus-infected files, malware, blocked sites, when they download large files that take a long time to scan, or warning pages that are displayed when users attempt to access a URL that violates policy.

When the above changes are made, or if no changes are desired, these items can be removed by clicking the Remove button to the right of each link.

A Quick Tasks sidebar on the right of the Configuration Homepage provides easy access to the following main administrative tasks and commonly adjusted settings:

  • Check for Software Updates: Use this page to check the update status, manually initiate queued software updates, and to set the scheduled times and days for automatic software updates.
  • Add/Edit Local Site List Entry: Use this page to view, add, edit, or delete URLs from the Local Site List.
  • Backup Current Configuration: Use this page to configure the appliance to perform automated backups of system configuration and log data to an FTP site or to manually download configuration data to your current (browsing) system’s hard disk.