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...
In order to access YouTube for Schools you will likely need help from your school's network administrator so please share this information with him or her. This sign up process should only take minutes! Before you begin, make sure your school meets the following requirements:
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Choose one of the following two options, depending on which works for your school's network:
Ensure the following top-level domains are not blocked:
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Last I read was that PA was going to plan to release the URL rewrite as many of the EDU environments have put in a request for that function. But I've seen no news of this since last. If you search for enforce safe search there are documents to do this for PANos 4.1 but it is not perfect. At this point I'm thinking of setting up an squid box to dod the rewrite. As there has been little interest from PA to do this. Yet there competitors can do it.. I love the firewall and its features but this has been a thorn in my side.
Hey, I think I'm pretty close to a solution but I'm running into a problem. What I did was put a specific rule for Youtube the application. URL custom category for youtube.com to block. Then I have an allow list which takes each tokent (you tube .com /&blah education). On the response page I have an automatic redirect which takes the <url /> Field and appends the education component to it. The problem is it recursively redirects.
I urge Palo Alto to address this as soon as possible. I am the Network Admin for a private HS we could really use it. We deployed laptops to freshmen and have NO books. Our entire delivery system is through the device. Teachers use Youtube extensivly but students abuse the privelage. Currently I have to block Youtube for all stuidents and have teachers run the videos on the projector for in class and students access youtube from home openly.
Makes it hard for the journalism and broadcasting classes.
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