Sessions tracking

Session tracking is a set of ACLs object that create sessions.
Sessions can be time limited and can renew using other ACLs.
This method allows you to create a kind of splash screen aka IT Charters and force user to return back after a period.

Procedure using a minimal of 3 tasks :

  1. Define the session tracking object.
  2. Create the ACL rule and Define the LOGIN object
  3. Define the ACTIVE object

Define the session tracking object.

  • Go to Your Proxy
  • Choose Sessions tracking objects link

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  • Click on new object
  • Define your session object name.
  • Choose the identifier ( IP address, login username, MAC address or Statistics group )
  • Set in seconds the maximal time of a session.
  • Click on Add button.

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Create the ACL

The sequence, LOGIN, ACTIVE, LOGOUT is a set of 3 rules. For better reading, we will use the “ACL group” in order to group these 2 or 3 acls inside one ACL rule group.

Create a group of ACLs

  • On your proxy, choose Complete ACL


Complete Acls Link

Your proxy: Complete acl

  • Click on new group on the main table and set a name.

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Create the LOGIN acl

  • Inside this group, we will create first the method for the user to create the session.
  • Open the ACL group and create a new ACL that will allow access

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  • On the objects tab, you have to create first the object that will enable the session.
    It should be anything but to make sense it should be a domain or a url regex.
    For example, we can imagine that establishing a session to the website : will create the session.
    In other way you can create a website called and create a button that redirect access to, the regex\?session=yes can be used in this method.

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  • Click on New proxy object in order to create the LOGIN session.
    In the drop-down list, choose the created session tracking object with the LOGIN tag and save it
  • The first ACL is added, it allow users to establish a session to the target item and create the session time.

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Create the SESSION/ACTIVE tracking ACL.

The session tracking will deny access if the session is not generated or expired.
We will use a specific deny method.
Instead generating a web error page, we force redirecting access to a remote web page.
This remote web page will be able to display our IT Charter content with a button that redirect browsers to our defined item/uri/Webserver that establish a LOGIN session.


  • Create a new ACL rule that deny access.

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  • On objects, choose the ACTIVE session tracking object

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Set the redirect to the splash screen.

  • Click on “Choose Template” link
  • Click on New Template.
  • 15-09-2015 23-13-57Give the Template name and subject.
  • Enable the Use a Link checkbox.
  • Choose 302 as HTTP status code drop-down list.
  • Set the url to your splah page in the url field.

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  • Your new template is added in the list.
  • Select it in order to affect this template to the SESSION object.

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  • To finish, turn on the reverse checkbox on the SESSION object in order to say not.

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Verify the order

  • Order is important :First we need to allow access to the url/item that establish the session, second we deny users that did not have a session and redirect them to the dedicated page.
    The dedicate page must have a button that’s redirect to the url/item in order to establish the session.

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More tweaks.

  • You can restrict session tracking by adding an object based on IP address of Active Directory group in the deny rule
  • If you using 2 URLs, first to establish a session, and second your splash screen, you need to allow access to the splash screen ( a rule located on the top.)
  • The redirect in SSL mode did not working, you can improve your ACLs by adding the HTTP protocol only or to say “NOT protocol connect” in the deny rule.

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