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Just free-wheeling here... any higher ed customers using OpenDNS for Peer-to-Peer control?

Very familiar with all of the appliance-based solutions.

-Lee

Lee H. Badman
Wireless/Network Engineer, ITS
Adjunct Instructor, iSchool
Syracuse University
315.443.3003
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We're using OpenDNS, but not exclusively for P2P control.  P2P control (such as it is) is a side benefit, and we don't count on it.

John

Lee:

 

Are you considering using  OpenDNS to block all P2P traffic?  I did some quick research and It looks to me like it can only block the downloading of the various P2P software clients.  I can’t see how you could block the actual clients from sharing once they are installed.  If there is a way I would very interested in learning more.

 

Thanks

 

John Kaftan

IT Infrastructure Manager

Utica College

315.792.3102

 

More thinking as part of an overall strategy… just wondering if there have been issues with false positives or any truly perceivable benefit.

 

-Lee

 

Lee H. Badman

Wireless/Network Engineer

Information Technology and Services

Adjunct Instructor, iSchool

Syracuse University

315 443-3003

 

 

We have a mechanism by which our users can report false positives for remediation by our staff.  The mechanism creates a pre-assigned ticket within our trouble ticket system.  Over the past school year there were 79 requests thus generated, most in the first few weeks of each semester.  Considering the huge number of web sites visited by our staff and students, I think this is remarkably low.

Our biggest benefit has been blocking the malware sites, and I believe it's perceptibly reduced the amount of problems we have had with infected computers, although there are other factors that are contributing to that decline. 

John