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Automatically Configure a System to Route Internet Traffic to a Proxy

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123744D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-05
Document File: 1 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Liu, D: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method to configure a system to route Internet traffic to a proxy automatically.

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Automatically Configure a System to Route Internet Traffic to a Proxy

   Disclosed is a method to configure a system to route
Internet traffic to a proxy automatically.

   For debugging, testing, accounting and many other reasons,
Internet traffic sometimes need to be forwarded to an alternate
machine before directed to the intended target computer; The
alternate subsystem is called a proxy.

   In order to route Internet traffic from one computer to a
proxy server instead of its target computer, the disclosed method
adds a new entry in the computer's local domain name file.  Here is
the process:
  a.  The user specifies a set of domain names that he/she is
      interested in proxying.  The IP addresses of each of these
      domain names are found and recorded internally by the
      proxy.
  b.  The domain name file called the hosts file is edited and
      those domain names from step a are placed into the file
      with the IP address of the proxy instead of their original
      IP addresses.
  c.  When the user uses his/her Web browser or other Internet
      client software, the name of the web site will be found
      in the domain name file and the IP address of the proxy
      will returned thereby making the client software establish
      a connection to the proxy.  The proxy will recognize the
      name of the Domain names and use the real internally stored
      address to connect to th...