Manage policies

Use this page to create a single upstream proxy or multiple upstream proxies.

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Global options
Default upstream proxy Determines the default proxy, used when upstream proxies are not available, not configured or not allowed by policies.
Allow direct connections

Allows direct connections to origin servers. If allowed, direct connections will be made as a final fallback if the default proxy is unavailable or not configured. If not selected, it prevents web requests from being forwarded directly to their origin servers when other permissible upstream proxies are unavailable.

Note: The Allow direct connections option eliminates the last option for forwarding requests in failure scenarios. Therefore, you should only use it to implement strict conditions that all traffic go through an upstream proxy.

Leak client IP with X-forwarded-For header Sends the originating IP addresses of client requests upstream.
Advanced » Expands the page to show options so that you can configure multiple upstream proxies.
Load balancing
Load balancing method

The Load balancing method:

  • Source IP — Based on the client’s IP address, the Smoothwall Filter selects one proxy from the set of allowed proxies and uses it if that proxy is available. For example: three requests for example.com from one device might all go via proxy A; three requests from the device next to it might all go via proxy B.
  • Username — Based on the client’s username, the Smoothwall Filter selects one proxy from the set of allowed proxies and uses it if that proxy is available. For example: three requests for example.com while logged in as Alice might all go via proxy A; three requests while logged in as Bob might go via proxy B, even if Bob has the same IP as Alice.
  • Round-robin — The Smoothwall Filter cycles through the proxies one by one. Three requests for example.com, with three proxies allowed to serve the request, would send one request via each.
Manage upstream proxy policy
Upstream proxy The proxy for which you're configuring the policy.
Create new upstream proxy Opens the Proxies page so that you can manage the policies access to upstream proxies.
Source filter The source filter used to determine the upstream proxy policy to apply, based on the source IP(s), subnet(s) or IP range(s).
Create new source filter Opens the Filters page so that you can create a new source filter.
Destination filter The destination filter used to determine the upstream proxy policy to apply, based on the destination domain(s), IP(s) or destination URL regular expressions.
Create new destination filter Opens the Filters page so that you can create a new destination filter.
Action Allows or denies access to upstream proxies based on network location.
Comment A comment describing the proxy.
Enabled Indicates that the policy is active.

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