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I need some help regarding some internet problem that I have been facing with my office VPN Network. I have a VPN installed in my office where only access to 3 or 4 sites have been allowed. I have been able to open the sites allowed through the VPN connection, but not able to open other sites. Not even google is assessable.

I would like you to help me out with a solution, so as to enable me to surf the internet through other sites and also download stuff through IDM or another such download client.

The whole network is running on Linux based systems. I intent to use the network on a windows PC with windows 7 installed on it.

Any suggestions on the issue are desperately awaited. Looking forward to hear from you soon.

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You can try what @DaBaer suggests, but in most cases, you will have to get the network administrator to allow the sites you want.

The VPN is a private (secure) network connection created over the Internet between one or more sites. It is not typically an open Internet connection, thereby earning it the name Private. Using this connection is restricted to the access allowed by the policies set by your network administrator.

Here is more information about how a VPN works.

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Are you trying to bypass the filters assigned to your VPN. If so, good luck... On a serious note, I would first try to understand how exactly the VPN is blocking the sites. Most likely it is blocking all traffic except the allowed sites. To understand better how the traffic is being blocked, try getting to a website using an IP address, instead of FQDN. Start with something easy, like google. Try accessing it by an IP in the browser 74.125.113.105.

Another diagnostic step you could take, is try to trace the path to a website using tracert. This will allow you to see the hops the request is going through until it is stopped.

These steps may assist in giving you an idea of what is blocking the traffic, and may direct you to finding a solution easier.

Edit: With the added info that you have given in your comment, I think the simplest answer is, DON'T! I am not going to argue the logistics of whether other users may think this is good what the employer is doing, but the fact of the matter is, this is their choice to lock it down as such. Business networks are the property of the company, and if they do not want you to be able to go to these sites, there is little or nothing you can do. If you have a valid business reason to want this, bring it up to management and inform them that you NEED to get out to other sites via VPN.

I am not saying that you are trying to be malicious, but in cases of attempting to bypass Security measures, it is alot easier to be upfront and argue your case than try to do it after you have been called out for 'beating the system.'

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Guys, I tried all the above on my office VPN but was unable to open any site other than those allowed by the administrator. I tried even opening a website through its IP Address, but even the same didn't work. I am at a loss to know as to how I can open any other website on the said network. I read some article over internet whereby it was suggested that some software can be installed on the system, which will bypass the VPN policies designed by the administrator and will enable me to open such sites. But I couldn't find ny link to such software. Any help on d issue will be highly appreciated. –  Happy Singg Feb 11 '12 at 16:23
    
@DaBear, my friend, tnx. for your valued opinion, I really do appreciate your concern. I've already tried to contact my COM. ADMIN. for allowing us open other sites as well, but the talks didn't bear any fruit,whatsoever. That's the reason why I had to bring the issue before the technical team of your's. I just hope U guys can help me out. I am facing real problems even for checking the emails. Do help me on the issue, if you could. I assure U that none of the information provided by you, will never be compromised to breach the security of the organization. Awaiting anxiously 4 your reply. –  Happy Singg Feb 13 '12 at 17:30

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