How to Configure a Proxy


The proxy server acts as a negotiator between a client machine and a main server. In some cases, the proxy server will help a non-compatible server and client machine talk to each other. Requests are first sent from a client machine and are then routed to a proxy server. Requests are validated based on a series of filters. These filters tell the proxy server what information is allowed to and from the client machine or outside source.

Via Internet Explorer

  • Open the Internet Explorer browser window.

  • Click the “Tools” down arrow and select “Internet Options.”

  • Click the “Connections” tab.

  • Click the “LAN settings” button. The Local Area Network (LAN) Settings window will open.

  • Select the “Use a proxy server for your LAN” checkbox.

  • Click the “Advanced” button.

  • Type in the proxy address and port number (typically, 8080) as defined by your proxy server.

  • Add any exceptions that are required.

  • Click the “OK” button.

Via the Registry

  • Open Notepad. Click the “Start” button. Select “All Programs.” Click the “Accessories” folder. Select “Notepad.”

  • Type the following into Notepad:


    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings]

    Replace \"ServerName\" with the name of the proxy server.

  • Save the file. Name the file as you wish, but use a .reg extension. The .reg extension tells Windows to take the data within the file and copy it to the registry.

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