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How to Disable Authentication on a Proxy Server to Allow Anonymous Connections

by Jim Campbell

A Windows proxy server is a computer that lets internal network users connect to one computer and use the computer's Internet connection to browse websites. A proxy server is beneficial for network administrators that need to watch over bandwidth usage and website access. You can let your network users connect anonymously so that no user name and password are needed when using the proxy server connection. This is accomplished in the Internet Information Services (IIS) console.

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" button on your proxy server. Click "Administrative Tools" and then click "Internet Information Services Manager." The IIS utility loads and all of your websites and proxy server settings are shown.

Step 2

Right-click the proxy server name on the left and click "Properties" in the popup menu. Click the "Directory Security" tab to display several security settings.

Step 3

Click the "Edit" button in the section labeled "Authentication and Access Control." A new window appears that lists several options for access to the proxy server.

Check the box labeled "Enable Anonymous Access." Click "OK" in the opened window and then click "OK" again in the main properties window. Anonymous access is set up and no user name or password is required when connecting to the server.

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