IE8 download blocked by church firewall

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sgoodmansen
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IE8 download blocked by church firewall

Postby sgoodmansen » Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:01 pm

I had to format and reinstall winxp. One little problem is that even the service pack 3 disk loads IE6. LDS.org doesn't work with IE6, so I tried to download IE8 directly from microsoft and the church firewall blocks it.

The IE8 download button redirects to clk.atdmt.com which is the address getting blocked.

Guess I'll have to download it at home and bring it in, since I have no idea how long it will take via the auto-updates. It sure would be more convenient if that block was lifted. Especially since the LDS.org browser redirect has a link to the Microsoft IE page.

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Postby jdlessley » Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:44 pm

The www.atdmt.com domain belongs to Atlas Solutions, one of Microsoft's cover corporations who manages their advertising. That site is not the download site for IE8. Try downloading from the Windows Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XPdownload site. I have had no problems even behind the LDS Extended Access filtering level.

The download for IE8 using the Windows Update does not take any longer than downloading from Microsoft's download site. The only difference would be all the additional update downloads available when using the update site. Using the custom update for Windows Update you can select only the IE8 update to download and install and leave all the other updates to do at a later time.

Your STS should be keeping the computers updated. Security updates to the OS can only be done through Windows Update. When performing maintenance the STS can temporarily bybass the firewall to get updates if necessary. For safer web browsing even IE8 requires security patch updates that can only be obtained by using Windows Update.
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Have you tried finding your answer on the LDS.org Help Center page or the LDSTech wiki?

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Postby sgoodmansen » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:06 am

Thanks, that's good to know what atdmt.com is. I am the STS, and I thought about bypassing the firewall temporarily, but that would have messed up some other downloads I had happening at the time.

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Can't download IE 8 when on LDS restricted access

Postby scorch29 » Tue May 10, 2011 4:40 pm

I followed the link in one of these posts hoping I could then download IE 8 but the website provided was also blocked. The link provided is http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=341c2ad5-8c3d-4347-8c03-08cdecd8852b.

I am a new STS and am not familar with all of the church policies regarding the Internet. I can gather that the church does not want you routing internet traffic around the firewall. What I'm curious to know is if church policy does allow you to bypass the firewall long enough to update Internet Explorer and do any Microsoft updates and then restore the firewall restrictions.

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Postby russellhltn » Tue May 10, 2011 4:47 pm

Have you searched the Wiki?
Try using a Google search by adding "site:tech.lds.org/wiki" to the search criteria.

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Postby jdlessley » Tue May 10, 2011 8:54 pm

scorch29 wrote:I am a new STS and am not familar with all of the church policies regarding the Internet. I can gather that the church does not want you routing internet traffic around the firewall. What I'm curious to know is if church policy does allow you to bypass the firewall long enough to update Internet Explorer and do any Microsoft updates and then restore the firewall restrictions.
As the STS you have the responsibility to ensure the administrative computers are properly maintained. As a former STS I did just as you described to get those updates necessary to bring the computers to a configuration with all the security updates Microsoft recommended. Without those updates I felt it put those computers connected to the internet at risk. Since getting the operating system updates cannot be done without going to the Windows Update site I chose to temporarily bypass the firewall. I did make sure that only those computers I was performing maintenance on had internet access.

I downloaded the IE8 installer for Windows XP HERE at home onto a USB memory stick and then updated the computers from that. It is a 16.1MB file. While doing this way saves on-line update time you are still going to have to bypass the firewall for the security updates.

Edit: I guess I should have read my earlier post since I already said the same thing there.
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Have you tried finding your answer on the LDS.org Help Center page or the LDSTech wiki?


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