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Configuring ISA Proxy in Ubuntu

Corporate policies have always been there. In my company, we’ve been forced to use Windows boxes and all other ports are blocked except for port 80, which is generally used for web browsing. Now, I am a developer and I love to explore things. Anyway, I needed to configure my workstation to suit my needs. I can’t defy company policies so I had to do some workarounds on it. Good thing I found this nice article on how to configure Ubuntu if you’re using an ISA Proxy. If ever the original authors of this how-to drop by my page and want this removed, please let me know. I’m just posting another article here so that people who are having the same problem as me will find the solution faster. I will put the links at the end of this article.

Environment:

  • Windows XP (Host)
  • Microsoft ISA Proxy
  • Ubuntu 9.04 (Guest) running on Sun Virtualbox

Download the NTLMaps Package:
In the reference link below it says you can download it here. But I think it’s broken so you can download it here in my repository.

Install the NTLMaps Package:

You can do this by simple double clicking the .deb file or by issuing this command:

dpkg --install <package_name>

Configure:

We need to fill-up some values in our settings. Take note that entries in bold are fix whereas those that are italicized are relative values that you need to obtain from your settings.

Listen port        :	 5865
Parent Proxy       :	 your.proxy.com
Parent Proxy Port  :	 port_number (in my case its port 80)
NT Windows Domain  :	 domain_name (your domain)
NT Windows Username:	 user_name (the user name you will authenticate with)
NT Windows Password:	 password (the password you will use to authenticate with the
ISA Proxy)

The installation will then restart the NTLMaps service and you should see something like this:

Stopping ntlmaps: ntlmaps.
Starting ntlmaps: ntlmaps.

Now let’s see if the service is running or not by issuing the ff commands:

ps aux | grep ntl
netstat -antpu | grep python

If installed and running correctly, you should be able to see something like these:

[email protected]:~$ ps aux | grep ntlmaps
root      1285  0.2  1.0   8236  5128 ?        S    12:05   0:00 /usr/bin/python /usr/share/ntlmaps/main.py -c /etc/ntlmaps/server.cfg
ridvan    1866  0.0  0.1   3040   776 pts/0    R+   12:06   0:00 grep ntlmaps
[email protected]:~$ sudo netstat -antpu | grep python
tcp        0      0 0.0.0.0:5865            0.0.0.0:*               LISTEN      1285/python

I’m hoping that everything went smoothly. So let’s move on to the next step.

Create a file:

We need to create a proxy file in /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/proxy and input the following:

proxy

Acquire::http::Proxy "http://127.0.0.1:5865/";

Reconfigure System Network Proxy:

In my settings, I didn’t go through this step but just in case it doesn’t work, you can proceed with this step.

Go to System ->Preferences->Network Proxy and point to localhost:5865 with _no_ authentication. Also reconfigure your GUI Package managers similarly.

Restart:

Just to make sure that everything will work fine, let’s restart our system.

Reconfiguring:

For cases that you need to reconfigure the settings, you can issue this command and you’ll be ask again to input the details of NTLMaps. Make sure to reconfigure also everything that was affected by the change.

sudo dpkg-reconfigure ntlmaps

So there, hope everything went well and you can now access your repositories via apt-get. Please message me for broken links and typographical or content error. :)

Reference:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/linux/answers/Networking/HOWTO_Install_and_Configure_NTLMaps_for_use_with_an_ISA_Proxy

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