We want to allow youtube edu videos for everyone on our network, but still block youtube for students. Youtube has a set up walkthrough that helps, but I need some assistance thinking this through. So any assistance would be helpful. I have posted the directions below...
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I have been hoping for this functionality for some time, via URL-rewrite - I'll link in the other community thread.
So far, best I have been able to come up with is forcing NAT for our students out a specific interface, and using a transparent proxy to modify that traffic.
URL-rewrite would also allow forced Google Safesearch - we had it ages ago in our BlueCoat Proxy - surprised PA dos not have a solution for this yet.
I second that, keklund - PAN seems to have a huge hole in their list of useful features where K-12 support is concerned. Where is YouTubeEDU functionality? Why no forced Google SafeSearch like that offered by other vendors?
Thanks for the feedback. As mentioned in our other forum, support for both YouTube for Schools and Google SafeSearch are things that we're looking at. I'll provide updates as they become available.
Here's the text, I will test this later today:
i just figured this out and wanted to share right away with everyone as i'm sure we'll get more calls on this from our clients that are in education, this is in reference to case # 73636 where the client wanted to allow youtube.com/education and content but block just youtube.com
1. above the student "Block youtube and facebook" policy rule with a URL filtering profile to block youtube.com and facebook.com we added a security policy that had a custom url category "youtube education" in the destination URL field applied to the policy with no URL-Filtering profile applied. we also had app signatures of youtube-base, youtube, web-browsing, ssl, flash, and http-video applied to the rule
2. the custom URL category "Youtube education" had the following URL / wildcard combinations in it.
3. the Client was able to validate that he could reach and play all education related videos but was still getting blocked on non-education videos.
This worked fine for the YouTube education channel, but it does overblock a bit. It also doesn't work well for individual university videos (they seem to be their own channels, not in the educational path).
Google has decided to do things the least URL-filter-friendly way, and asks YouTube EDU subscribers to tack on "&edufilter=4gvIYKewE7DDa88P7XzQTw" (or whatever your personal school code is) TO THE END OF THE URL. The problem with PAN OS is that it doesn't do URL rewrites, so we'd have to add a separate web proxy to our network and reroute all web traffic through it before heading out the PAN - if a user tacks on the &edufilter text, YouTube doesn't include it in any of its link URLs. Yes, we could watch a generic "education" channel, however YouTube EDU allows a school to customize the list of what they consider to have merit, rather than rely on a single body to decide what is appropriate for everything from K-12 to PhD students under one umbrella "/education" channel that could be easily dealt with by the PAN.
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